1 Pound Sugar Allowance Coupon Digital History ID 2900|
Credit: World War II Poster Collection, Northwestern University Library
Media type: ration coupon
Annotation: Congress responded to surging prices by establishing the Office of Price Administration (OPA) in January 1942, with the power to freeze prices and wages, control rents, and institute rationing of scarce items. The OPA quickly rationed food stuffs. Every month each man, woman, and child in the country received two ration books--one for canned goods and one for meat, fish and dairy products. Meat was limited to 28 ounces per person a week; sugar to 8-12 ounces; and coffee, a pound every five weeks.
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