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War & Decline

The Home Front (civil defence & rationing)

Tin of Horlicks Tablets

Period:
20th Century
Description:

When the war began, Britain was importing about 60% of her food. Soon ships bringing food to this country were being sunk, some of the countries that grew the food were taken over by the enemy, and sometimes bombs hit the warehouses where the food was stored. To ensure that everyone got a fair share, the government introduced a system of rationing.

 

Bacon, butter and sugar rationing was the first to be introduced on 8 January 1940. Meat rationing followed in March and in July, tea, cooking fats, jam and cheese followed. Initially people were permitted one egg per fortnight, and three pints of milk a week, but later dried milk and dried eggs became more common. A points system gave shoppers a choice of other foods such as breakfast cereals, biscuits, canned fruit and fish. From July 1942 sweets were rationed to 2 ounces (50g) a week.

 

Petrol and clothes were also rationed.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Digital Number:
DMFD003n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council