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Primary Source Documents-Ration Book/Application

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

The Office of Price Administration 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.




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).