When Rationing Worked
In cleaning out boxes of old things, I found an interesting letter, written in 1944, from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture concerning the rationing of gas. It said: “The records show that you are operating certain non-highway equipment and are obtaining gasoline from the Local War Price and Rationing Board for this operation.”
It said that users of gasoline for non-highway purposes were to have a privilege made possible by the Petroleum Administration of War in view of the importance of planting and harvesting food. It ended by saying that it was the recipient’s patriotic duty to see that the gasoline was only used for the issued purpose.
A form was attached to keep a record of services performed. It was to be kept up-to-date and presented to the County Farm Transportation Committee upon expiration of the allotment period. If not presented, additional gas allotments would not be granted.
Gas was 15 cents a gallon then and is now $3.70 a gallon. Also, running a war is much more complicated and all costs are higher now. Yet, it is still puzzling that something that is so expensive is not rationed as it was in World War II.
Could it be that nonmilitary civilians have no patriotic duties except to pay at the pump and slap “Support the Troops” stickers on our cars? There is something I am missing here.
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