Rationing

During the war it became very difficult to get enough food for us all to eat. Much of the food that we eat is imported form other countries. This food is brought on large cargo ships. The Germans attacked these ships and sank many of them. The ships started crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Unites States in convoys, that was a group of ships sailing close together protected by some battleships. There was still a shortage of food, so the government introduced 'rationing'. This was so that everyone would get a fair share. The government issued everybody with a Ration Book. Each person had to register with a butcher and a grocer and then go there to buy their food. They still had to pay for the food, but they all so needed a ration token from their book, so that they could only buy their share of food for that week.

The government set a weekly allowance for each person.

Milk 3 pints, Margarine 4 oz, Sugar 8 oz, Tea 2 oz, one Egg, Bacon 4 oz, sweets 3oz and meat to the value of one shilling and 2 pence.

Many of the things we could grow in this country were not rationed and people were encouraged to eat more of them like potatoes, carrots, swedes.

Fruits like oranges and bananas were in very short supply and people might not see these for months. Often only children were allowed these as a very special treat.

People often had to join long queues to get food. These queues would form quickly when news spread that a particular shop had something special for sale.

Ladies could net get hold of stockings very easily so many resorted to using an eyeliner to mark a line up the back of their legs which made it look like they were wearing stockings. Tights were not on sale at this time.

The photographs below show examples of many of these things, happy looking!