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WHEN Mrs. America goes to market with her War Ration Book 2 after point rationing of processed foods goes into effect, she'll be figuring points as closely I as her money, for grocers will not be permitted to make change in stamps. It will mean that her calculations in points must be right to the point. Grocers will remove stamps from War Ration Book 2 in the presence of customers. It is suggested that Mrs. America use the high value stamps first. For instance, if she selects a 10-point commodity, she should use an 8 and a 2 stamp instead of using a combination of low point stamps.


And this is the way Mrs. America's victory garden will grow. The United States Department of Agriculture and the War Production Board, agreeing that it is most essential that victory gardens be planted extensively, announce a special victory garden fertilizer to be on the market soon. It will be used for food production only. This special fertilizer will be obtainable in uniform packages of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 pounds net weight. The OPA has set ceiling prices for the new product.

Long Beach Independent, January 24, 1943

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The 1940s Home Economist

Modern Menus Economists Offer War Recipe Hints

In face of the present situation home economic experts have developed recipes to meet probable meat rationing. For instance, if your folks prefer a lot of meat at one meal, followed by meatless dinners, you can serve:

  1. Vegetable Scrapple - (Serves 4 to 6)
  2. Stuffed Onions (Serves 6)


Grocery Shopping in the 1940s - Prices Back Then
01-1943   Whole chickens for roasting. 5 - 5.5 LB average.   $ 0.47   per 1 LB
01-1943   Lamb Chops, genuine spring rib cut.   $ 0.35   per 1 LB
01-1943   Carrots, fresh crisp   $ 0.04   per 1 BUNCH
01-1943   P. E. I. Turnip   $ 0.10   per 4 LB
01-1943   California Iceberg Lettuce   $ 0.10   per 1 HEAD
01-1943   Tangerines, sweet juicy   $ 0.05   per 1 DOZEN
01-1943   Karo, blue label 5 lb can   $ 0.45   per 5 LB CAN
01-1943   Apple Juice, 20 oz bottle   $ 0.10   per 20 OZ BOTTLE
01-1943   Peaches, large can   $ 0.21   per 1 CAN
01-1943   Baby Food, Gerbers   $ 0.19   per 3 ITEM CAN
01-1943   Tomato Juice, 16 oz can   $ 0.15   per 16 OZ CAN
01-1943   Dill Pickles, quart jar   $ 0.15   per 1 QUART JAR
01-1943   Grapefruit, extra large   $ 0.23   per 5 ITEM
01-1943   Oranges, Large Navel   $ 0.35   per 1 DOZEN





  • TREASURY BALANCE JAN.13 1943: $8,884,171,9741941 Red Hot Coupon
    Here's a "Red Hot Coupon" from 1941 to save 7 cents on Tooth Powder and Prophylactic Tooth Brush!
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