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 purchase permit, a Maine state driver's license, a War Ration Book holder,
OPA coins, and newspaper clippings regarding ration information.
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