For a small investment in soil, seed and time, families could enjoy fresh vegetables for months. For the most part, black marketeers dealt in clothing and liquor in Britain, and meat, sugar and gasoline in the United States.
Saving aluminum cans meant more ammunition for the soldiers. It will be returned to you upon your request when you leave. Loading results... We are faced with the fact that some steel furnaces have been allowed to cool down and that many of them are operating from day to day and hand to mouth, due only to the lack of scrap.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor dramatically ended the debate over America's entrance into the war that raged around the world. The first nonfood item rationed was rubber. The propaganda was a highly effective tool in reaching the masses. While some food items were scarce, others did not require rationing, and Americans adjusted accordingly.
Numerous national publications also featured articles explaining what rationing meant to America. Others planted "Victory Gardens" to conserve food.
You'll feed the World even if it means plowing by lantern light, and harvesting by hand -- even children's hands -- even if it means putting up the trucks and going back to covered wagons once again... Food substitutions became evident with real butter being replaced with Oleo margarine. The U. The OPA rationed automobiles, tires, gasoline, fuel oil, coal, firewood, nylon, silk, and shoes.
There's a War on, You Know! Rationing, however, did not end until 1946. Consumer goods now took a back seat to military production as nationwide rationing began almost immediately.
New car production was banned beginning January 1, 1942 as former auto plants switched to the production of military vehicles.
The practice provoked mixed reactions from those who banded together to conserve as instructed, as opposed to those who fed the black market's subversion and profiteering. Rationing was introduced to avoid public anger with shortages and not to allow only the wealthy to purchase commodities.
As the war progressed, German and Italian prisoners of war were used as farm laborers to assist in the food production that carried the war effort. Individual efforts evolved into clubs and organizations coming to terms with the immediate circumstances.
Training sessions were held to teach women to shop wisely, conserve food and plan nutritious meals, as well as teach them how to can food items.