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May 20, 2013

War ration books remind us of difficult times during WWII

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  Silk stockings were treasured by women and “scuffles” among female customers for the popular leg wear were not uncommon.
  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 dramatically ended the debate over America's entrance into the war that raged around the world. 
 Almost overnight the economy shifted to war production. Consumer goods now took a back seat to military production as nationwide rationing began almost immediately. 
  The U.S. Office of Price Administration in May 1942 froze prices on practically all everyday goods, starting with sugar and coffee.

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