In 1942, the U.S. government's Office
of Price Administration (OPA) established a system of rationing intended to control supply
and demand by regulating the amount of consumer goods available to Americans. Each American
citizen was issued a series of ration books which contained removable stamps specific to
particular items or types of items, with a designated quantity and time limit for purchase.
This assembled collection consists of War Ration Books 1, 2, and 4 issued in the states of
Maine and Massachusetts, an application for War Ration Book 3, a gasoline puchase permit, a
Maine state driver's license, a War Ration Book holder, OPA coins, and newspaper clippings
regarding ration information.
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