Can you tell me what else you know so the appraiser will be better able to assist you. Civilians first received ration bookswar ration book number one, or the sugar book on 4 may 1942, through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, pta groups, and other volunteers. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Redemption stamps used to buy everything from bologna to. The buyer had to present ration stamps to purchase an item. Making an exception to my pre1922 only rule, here are some high quality scans of u. In 1942, five months after december 8, 1941 the united states entered the second world war, book one series were issued. A common ration book fraud was the ration books of the dead being kept and used by the living. This book is the property of the united states government. Ww2 world war ii war ration book stamp stamps us army military jewish soldier. If your war ration book one was issued to you on application by a member of your family, the number of stamps torn from the books of the family was based on the amount of sugar owned by the family, and was divided as equally as possible among all the books. Collection consists of ration coupons, stickers, permits, and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food which were issued by the office of price administration between 19421946.
In 1942 rationing had started for sugar, gasoline and other goods. I have looked all over the internet and have found explanations of how the rationing work during the way, but not how the stamps themselves worked. In order to purchase a particular commodity, money wasnt enough. Home front coupons, rare book, manuscript, and special collections library, duke university.
Unfollow world war 2 ration books to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Digital collection wwii war ration book 4 american centuries. Jul 11, 2016 every american was issued a series of ration books during the war. I have wwii ration books 14 and would like to know what each stamp allowed you to buy.
This is a speedy and convenient method of establishing identity. Find great deals on ebay for ration books and ww2 ration books. During world war ii all types of goods were rationed. Before the war, britain imported 55 million tons of food, a month after the war had started this figure had dropped to 12 million. War ration book one ration coupons on the home front. World war ii ration stamps and the buy of the week, a fibber mcgee and molly game. War ration stamps, i still have a book of these stamps from wwll ww ii ration stamps issued by the u. Ration stamps were widely used during world war ii by both sides after hostilities caused. Each stamp authorized a purchase of rationed goods in the quantity and time designated, and the book guaranteed each family its fair share of goods made scarce, thanks to the war. The october 21, 1943 edition of the pocahontas times reads. Later, the stamp value changed, and citizens were allowed only 12 lb. Bread, which was never rationed during wartime, was put on the ration in july 1946. Every american was issued a series of ration books during the war.
What ration book had ration stamp 6, 3, and z5 in it. These were redeemable stamps or coupons, and every family was issued a set number of each kind of stamp based on the size of the family, ages of children and income. Aug 12, 2014 the war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collectors circle is not very high. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and canned goods. Prefix fnfy war ration book fours are harder to find than the suffix books and are. During world war i, 25cent thrift stamps were offered to allow individuals to accumulate enough over time to purchase the standard 5dollar war savings certificate stamp. Each stamp was worth 1 lb of sugar and was given a designed two week period during. If a stamp is partly toen or mutilated and more than onehalf of it remains in the book, it is valid. War bond stamp book from world war ii prev next during both world wars, treasury realized that selling bonds to the poorest americans was good for the war effort because it helped to reduce inflation and tie the interests of a wide swath of the public to that of the national government. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. The c gas ration stamp booklets were for doctors, ministers, or people working directly for the war effort. Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 1942.
If a stamp is partly torn or mutilated and more than one half of it remains in the book, it is valid. Of the 180,000,000 printed, 123,000,000 were issued. Ration stamps were widely used during world war ii by both sides after hostilities caused interruption to the normal supply of goods. The book is in good condition and contains more than 100 stamps and there is a validation stamp on the cover. Ration stamps became a kind of currency with each family being issued a war ration book. A book of stamps signed by someone famous would, of course, be worth even more. Bring a copy of ration book 3 for each member of the family. Distributed may 20, 1943 the coupons used for food and other commodities.
Yes, ration book two like war ration book one now used for sugar and coffee may be used by any member of the household to whom the book is issued. From israel 3 sequential world war ii ww2 war ration book no. Guide to the world war ii ration coupon collection, 19421946. This new ration book, replacement for present books when their stamps are used up, will be distributed during the early summer. This new ration book, replacement for present books when their stamps are used up, will be distributed. Background paper contains stylized great seal and the phrase u. To simplify the system, only six shades of leather were produced. Please do not be deceived by my low feedback score.
What is the value of war ration book four with stamps. War ration stamps may be used only by or for the person named and described in the war ration book. It still cost money, but you couldnt even buy it unless you had stamps. Every person must see that his war ration book is kept in a sage place and properly used. Antique world war ii ration books are not rare,antiques expert larry cox answers readers questions about world war ii ration books, blakely china and commemorative coins. Your first ration book has been issued to you, originally containing 28 war ration stamps. How to use your war ration book one genealogy today. What you need to know about rationing in the second world war. Rationing became common during the second world war. Each man, woman, and child could purchase up to three pairs of leather shoes a year, using designated stamps in war ration book one, and later in books three and four. Meat was the last item to be derationed and food rationing ended completely in 1954.
Scotland a world war two ration book a world war two ration book i remember seeing this at home when i was little. Our unit is on wwii, and we want our students to be the people in america at the time of the war. War ration book two ration coupons on the home front. World war two ration stamp points release dates living like. World war ii ration book three stamps these are the world war ii ration stamp books of young william walton smith jr. Ration book four was printed in red, blue and green. Interesting question, since i have some as family heirlooms, meaning they are not for sale. Rationing is a vital part of your countrys war effort. Every member of the public was issued with a ration book. World war 2 ration books the war ration was not very high. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar. Initially, each stamp was good for one pound of sugar and could be used over a specified twoweek period. The opa accepted ration book applications and issued ration books, from which consumers tore out stamps in order to purchase food and other supplies at grocery stores. On may 5, 1942, each person in the united states received a copy of war ration book one, good for a 56week supply of sugar.
Once a persons ration stamps were used up for a month, she couldnt buy any more of that type of food. This book still has 3 full pages of stamps, one page has 2 stamps used,gone and it looks like 2 pages. The paper stubs, or stamps, in each ration book purchased rationed consumer goods and foods. What is the value of war ration book four with stamps inside. It contains four pages of point stamps, similar to the point stamps in war ration book 2, though slightly different in design and printed in brown ink. Jun 24, 2019 war ration stamps were a common item, and they are not in high demand as a collectible item, making their value fairly low. Mileage certificate undated world war ii rationing stamps program, 19431946. If a stamp is town out of the war ration book in any other way than above indicated, it becomes void. On february 7, 1943, the united states instituted rationing of leather shoes to begin on february 9.
Getting back to the ration stamps, jay rice, maddock, n. I was given 6 war ration books with most of the stamps still in them. This article may feature affiliate links to amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional. Rationing of processed foods started march 1st, 1943. Guide to the world war ii rationing collection, 19421945. Each american citizen was issued a series of ration books which contained removable stamps specific to particular items or types of items, with a designated. Here are some of the stamps and booklets they were using across the united states during the early 40s.
A ration stamp or ration card is a stamp or card issued by a government to allow the holder to obtain food or other commodities that are in short supply during wartime or in other emergency situations when rationing is in force. Below is a list of the different kinds of gas ration coupons, also it shows who used them and how much gas you were allowed to use. When the treasury began issuing war savings stamps during world war ii, the lowest denomination was a 10cent stamp, enabling ordinary citizens to purchase them. Each book asked for different identification, with book one and three asking the most detailed information. Questions and answers explanatory of the federal income tax laws with respect to members of the armed forces of the us in world war ii, 1945 pdf. I was on ebay for 15 years with a 120,000 feedbacks with 100% positive. In all the ration books that weve seen, however, the completion of the form was not as strictly enforced as with the book one series. Any member of the family may use all the familys ration books. What is the value of world war 2 ration books with.
On june 28, 1942, each stamp became good for two pounds of sugar over a fourweek period. War bond stamp book from world war ii museum of american. Collection consists of ration coupons, stickers, permits, and certificates for tires, bicycles. This book is your governments guarantee of your fair share of goods made scarce by war, to which the stamps herein will be assigned as the need arises.
Parents are responsible for the safekeeping and use of their childrens war ration books. According to exhibit hall, war ration stamps are only worth a few cents each, and entire books generally sell for a few dollars. War ration book 4 will be distributed to the citizens of pocahontas county at school houses on thursday and friday, october 21 and 22. Four different series of war ration books were issued. We want to simulate the time where rations needed to be used. War ration book five undated mileage ration coupons, undated box1, folder4 containers description dates box folder 1 4 item 1. Identification of item, in the world war ii ration coupon collection, 19421946, david m. War ration stamps were a common item, and they are not in high demand as a collectible item, making their value fairly low. Individuals were issued a ration book and several sheets of stamps. Staining, soiling and other cosmetic damage would detract from the resale value of your wwii era ephemera. Mar 23, 2007 ration books became a way of life for everyone at home during world war ii. Government to purchase food, petrol and other household goods during the duration course of war. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collectors circle is. I do not know anything else about this young man, or what became of him.
Initially used to ration sugar, coupons were later designated for other products. If a stamp is torn out of the war ration book in any other way than above indicated, it becomes void. It was not until the early 1950s that most commodities came off the ration. I forgot to schedule a thanksgiving post, so after the rabid consumerism many americans display on black friday weekend and throughout the christmas shopping season, i think this topic is, in a way, highly relevant to the holidays. It contains four pages of point stamps, similar to the point stamps in war ration book 2, though slightly different in design and printed in. Ration book four also introduced red and blue cardboard tokens, each valued at onepoint, to be used as change for ration coupon purchases. Aug 31, 2018 every american was entitled to a series of war ration books filled with stamps that could be used to buy restricted items along with payment, and within weeks of the first issuance, more than 91. What ration book did war ration stamp 19 stamp in it.
Each stamp was illustrated with a military symbol such as a naval ship, airplane, tank, gun, horn of plenty or torch of liberty, adding a patriotic flair. Jul 10, 2015 the above photo are blue ration stamps from a real war ration book number two. War ration books were produced by the united states office of price administration in 1942. War ration book two ration coupons on the home front, 1942. You had to have ration stamps to buy things at the store.482 117 1141 1109 854 1283 1304 739 372 1211 1582 605 116 216 343 522 1438 145 806 690 129 866 933 1153 1242 1010 1240 1033 470 645 1229 1052 773 1 829 1238 167