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From: "JohnO" <>
Subject: Re: [Ont] WW2 & rationing
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 09:16:11 +0100
Gasoline was of course rationed - you put a sticker in the
windshield of your car to designate which "class" you were in.
I believe A, A1 or AA was the standard ration.
Beer and spirits also rationed. A little story of what might be classed
as barter - I think the beer ration was 24 bottles a month but whatever
the amount my mother hated the stuff (father enlisted 3 days before war
was declared and was in England by the spring of '40). One of the owners
of the largest grocery in town was a very heavy drinker/alcoholic so
he got the beer ration and my mother got a large bag of sugar in return.
I think farmers were perhaps the least to suffer as of course they grew/reared
a lot of what was scarce (though not necessarily on ration).
Kingston upon Thames,Eng.