In May of 1942, the Office of Price Administration froze prices to avoid the inflation experienced during World War I. To fairly distribute foods in short supply, rationing was begun. Sugar rationing started in May of 1943. Later food stuffs included coffee, processed foods, red meats, dairy products, and fats.
|This cartoon showed that rationing was necessary so each family got its fair share of products in short supply due to military needs or import reductions.|
|Stamps had expiration dates and their worth often changed on a daily basis. Rationed items displayed points and price. Shoppers paid the grocer in stamps as well as cash.|
|If you bought three cans of peas, your allotment of 48 points worth |
of canned, dried, and frozen foods was used up for the month.
|Even chocolate was scarce,|
being an import.