Inside my March 1942 McCalls magazine, there is a section about war rationing--"A new service--your guide to daily living".
This section answered many of the questions that people had.
I especially like the first couple of paragraphs written by the editor because it gave American housewives a boost of confidence they may have needed.
|"My personal belief is that you women of America can take anything--except not knowing."|
|This is my favorite and the last line just made me laugh. "Silver lining note: Most people, says the Government's Nutrition committee, eat too much sugar for their own good."|
|"Guard your girdle jealously. There will be considerably less rubber to make girdles after those on the market are gone."|
And I think it did many on the homefront good, to feel like a part of the war effort. Maybe it gave them a sense of pride to be helping, in even the smallest ways, by collecting scrap metal, growing victory gardens, or conserving rubber. Maybe homefront challenges helped many keep busy and focused while their loved ones were away, instead of passively waiting for their return.
|This vintage rationing advertisement was found on another neat website 1940s.org|
|I wish I could remember what website this is from, it's such a great image!|
A whole section dedicated to the history of WWII rationing on the home front. It is a few pages long and when you get to the bottom of a page, you are directed to yet another page about rationing. Did you know the "national victory speed" was only 35 Mph?! Yup, it was a lower speed to conserve rubber. Folks were asked to carpool also. There were gasoline rations (no more Sunday drives) and you had to fill out an application just to buy a refrigerator! We have is so good now-a-days when you really think about it.
The website is very thorough and interesting to read. I've placed a couple of the more interesting pieces below.
Hopefully we will never have to test that theory. Then again, a good ole shot in the arm of patriotism might be just what we need. I just hope we don't have to get into another war to get us there.
|You knew I had to do it! I love the famous poster of Rosie the Riveter. Rosie might have complained in her head, but I bet she was never caught whining out loud. Everyone did their part to help with the war effort!|