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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 10, March 5, 2006, Article 21

FEATURED WEB PAGE: WWII RATION TOKENS

This week's featured web page is about WWII rationing in the
U.S., from "Washington Station", a look at life in the nation's
capitol during World War II, written by Marguerite Howard
German.

"Book Four provided for the use of both red and blue tokens.
These tokens were valued at one point each and would in the
future be accepted as payment for an article or returned in
change should the circumstances warrant. The new tokens were
delivered direct to each grocer. In order to secure some, one
first had to make a purchase, surrender a valid stamp and take
his change in tokens.

They were made of a material very similar to hard cardboard,
dyed either red or blue, and a little smaller in size than a
dime - but to many of us decidedly more important. The real
beauty of the tokens was that, unlike the coupons, they never
expired. If one of your ration coupons was nearly outdated,
you could make one small purchase, receive tokens in change
and save them to use another month."
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