Gasoline ration card X. Unrestricted access to gasoline. There were 698,352 issued between May 15-June 30, 1942.

Gasoline ration card X. Unrestricted access to gasoline. There were 698,352 issued between May 15-June 30, 1942

During World War II, the United States government instituted mandatory rationing of many items, including fuel, gasoline, food, tires, cars, stoves, and footware. Rationing created a bureaucratic papertrail in various formats, which included coupons, booklets, certificates, and stamps.

The World War II Ration Coupon collection consists of ration coupons, stickers and certificates for tires, bicycles, typewriters, sugar, shoes, fuel oil, gasoline, and food which were issued by the Office of Price Administration from 1942-1945.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Home Front Coupons, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Processing Information

Processed by Ann E. Miller, June 2005.

Encoded by Julie Doring.

Completed May 2006.

Digitization of collection accomplished by Duke University Libraries Digital Production Center.

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this collection guide.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

Subject Headings

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  • Rationing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Tires
  • Automobiles
  • Food conservation
  • Fuel Oil
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects.
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