2012-08-24 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

The Rationing Schedule of World War II… And Rosie the Riveter?
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

In early summer of 2004 Historical Views published examples of World War II ration stamp books, and a gasoline ration card. A reader has requested a detailed schedule of the ration program set during the war years. Also in the request was to see a copy of the “Rosie the Riveter” poster, if I have it.

Well!, I had hopped into my time machine and went back to 1944 to fulfill the request…and got back safely! But I had a detour caused by a glitch, and got sidetracked to 2050 in Rockaway Beach. Don’t ask! You don’t wanna know! And I am still in a state of shock! All I will say is that I am glad my capsule did float, and the digital/solid state computer was impervious to water!

Answer: Tires – Sales of new tires and tubes frozen December 11, 1941. Certificate rationing begun January 5, 1942. Sales of recapped tires and tire recapping frozen February 19, 1942. Rationing effective the same day.

Automobiles – Sales of new automobiles frozen January 1, 1942. Certificate rationing begun March 2, 1942.

Bicycles – Sales frozen April 2. Certificate rationing begun July 9, 1942.

Typewriters – Sales frozen March 6,

1942. Certificate rationing begun March

13, 1942.

Sugar – Stamp rationing begun March

5, 1942.

Gasoline – Rationing in 17 eastern states begun May 15, 1942. Nationwide mileage rationing begun December 1, 1942.

Rubber boots and rubber work shoes – Sales frozen September 29, 1942. Certificate rationing begun October 5, 1942.

Fuel oil- Rationing begun October 22, 1942. All purchases subsequent to October 1, 1942, redeemed with rationing coupons.

Coffee – Sales frozen November 22, 1942. Stamp rationing begun November 29, 1942. Rationing ended July 29, 1943.

Stoves – Certificate rationing of new oil and coal heating stoves in 30 fueloil rationed states begun December 19, 1942.

Shoes – Sales frozen February 7, 1943. Stamp rationing begun February 9, 1943.

Processed Foods – Point rationing begun March 1, 1943.

Meat, fats, and cheese – Point rationing begun March 29, 1943.

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