Ration Books

Ration books, Openhym

Ration books. Not something we’re familiar with today. But certainly for anyone living around the time of certain wars, like World War II, the concept of only being allowed to purchase certain items on certain days, and in limited quantities, was an every day occurrence.

These ration books are part of Evelyn T. Openhym’s collection in the University Archives. After graduating from Alfred University in 1923, Evelyn was fortunate enough to be able to travel internationally, mostly to England. She acquired these ration books on her trip in June, 1948. The food one tracks her purchases of milk, meat, eggs, fats, cheese, bacon, and sugar. The second one was used to obtain rationed clothing, footwear, and car hire journeys.

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