Pacific Region

World War II On the Home Front

Office of Price Administration Newsletter, Ration Book Application and Sample Ration Book

The Office of Price Administration (OPA) was in charge of rationing consumer goods such as sugar, coffee, shoes, household appliances, and other goods during World War II. The OPA accepted ration book applications and issued ration books, from which consumers tore out stamps in order to purchase food and other supplies at grocery stores. These documents are sample copies of the ration application and ration books most Californians used.

Newsletter used by the OPA to communicate war-time rationing policies to residents of California.

Application, filled out by families all across California as they applied for their War Ration Books.

Ration Stamp Book, used by Californians to purchase groceries and other items. Each stamp would be torn out from the book and given to the store clerk as the family purchased the items it needed under the rationing program.

Above documents in PDF format: Handout for StudentsAdobe Acrobat PDF

Citation:  Record Group 188, Records of the Office of Price Administration.  Los Angeles Office.  Administrative Files.  Box 20.  Held by the National Archives & Records Administration -- Pacific Region (Riverside).

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