While looking through an old file folder of miscellaneous papers to file for family history, I came across a War Ration book that was issued on May 5, 1942 to Rollin Bert Glewwe, 9 years old.
When the US entered into WWII, we went into war production at the expense of consumer goods. Because of our fight against Japan, one of the first things to be in short supply was sugar. War Ration Book One was issued to every man, woman and child for this commodity so as to be sure that everyone could have access to some. For the next few years, other books were issued for other commodites such as red meat and fats, cheese and dairy products, and coffee as tires, cars and appliances.