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Ministry of Food Ration Book

Well, crikey, Happy New Year to one and all! Hope you had a glorious festive season.

We had one of those hectic run-ups to Christmas (three parts work, one part social), which is why things have been a bit quiet on here.

But between the turkey and the christmas pudding we did manage to dig through the archives, and tracked down a few fantastic bits of ephemera, including (rather ironically, given all the feasting) this Ration Book from The Ministry of Food, which belonged to Alistair's grandmother.

Ration-book-4-5 Ration-book-20-21

We hadn't realised that rationing went on so long (it finally ended in 1954), and can't help but wonder if a similar system will be necessary again one day; and if it does come back in, what form the rationing 'book' of the future might take.

Check out more scans from this, as well as a few other new bits and bobs, over at Alistair's Ephemera and Second World War ephemera Flickr sets.


posted: 5 January 2010
categories: Ephemera
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