Sunday, December 5, 2010

Be Rational!

 I want you to imagine something for a moment:

It's December 22.  You're planning your holiday menu.  You've got the green beans for the casserole, the raisins for the stuffing, the beef tenderloin, sugar, coffee, cheese and....what's that?  You aren't allowed the beef tenderloin, coffee, cheese or even SUGAR?  You're kidding, right?

Welcome to 1943. 

In the midst of WWII, products were scarce.  Many items were saved or rationed for the troops (as it should have been).  If you were the primary cook/baker for your household, going without was just a fact of life for a couple of years.  And it didn't matter if you were the richest or poorest on your block - that's just the way it was.

I sometimes wonder how a ration would be viewed today, what with so many believing they're "entitled" to whatever they want.  Can you imagine the uproar if you were told that you had to ration your gasoline intake?  There'd be MAYHEM and rioting!  Yet somehow, for the common good, people just dealt with it in the Forties (I'm generalizing, of course - I'm sure there were instances where this wasn't the case; but overall, people knew what had to be done).

My dad served in WWII, so it's probably why I'm so interested in this era and these marvelous ration stamps that somehow survived in someone's dusty attic.  I have both American and Canadian rations but if you look online, you can find Israeli, French and Chinese rations too.

And, like always, I like using these items in my artwork!  :D

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