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Rationing is a system used to appropriate resources to guarantee both adequate supply and fair distribution.  During World War II, a variety of items were rationed in the United States and other countries.  Some of these items included

  • tires
  • gasoline
  • rubber
  • shoes
  • canned goods
  • cheese
  • meat
  • coffee
  • tobacco
  • sugar

There were several types of ration books and stamps provided to designate the quantity allotted to each individual or family.