This is a pair of WW II war ration books, No 2 and No 4, for 2 different ladies to use.
There are still rationing stamps inside.
There are 4 full and partial pages of alphabetic lettering stamps in blue and in red in Book 2.
In Book 4 there are 3 full and partial pages of smaller stamps in green and black as shown in photos.
Books are in good vintage condition, please see all photos for additional details.
Rationing became common during the Second World War. Ration Stamps were often used. These were redeemable stamps or coupons, and every family was issued a set number of each kind of stamp based on the size of the family, ages of children and income.
Civilians first received ration books—War Ration Book Number One, or the "Sugar Book"—on 4 May 1942. To get a classification and rationing stamps, one had to appear before a local War Price and Rationing Board which reported to the OPA. Each person in a household received a ration book, including babies and small children who qualified for canned milk not available to others.
Sugar was the first consumer commodity rationed with a ration of half pound per person per week. Coffee was rationed nationally on 29 November 1942 to 1 pound every five weeks, By the end of 1942, ration coupons were used for nine other items, by November 1943. almost everything else was rationed.
Each ration stamp had a generic drawing of an airplane, gun, tank, aircraft carrier, ear of wheat, fruit, etc. and a serial number. Some stamps also had alphabetic lettering. The kind and amount of rationed commodities were not specified on most of the stamps and were not defined until later when local newspapers published, for example, that beginning on a specified date, one airplane stamp was required (in addition to cash) to buy one pair of shoes and one stamp number 30 from ration book four was required to buy 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of sugar. The commodity amounts changed from time to time depending on availability. Red stamps were used to ration meat and butter, and blue stamps were used to ration processed foods.
As a result of the gasoline rationing, all forms of automobile racing, including the Indianapolis 500, were banned. Sightseeing driving was also banned.
All rationing ended in 1946.