Story: Shops

Wartime ration books

Wartime ration books

Two Auckland women examine a ration book in April 1942. During the Second World War many imported items were in short supply. Certain goods could only be bought using ration cards together with cash.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War Effort Collection
Reference: PAColl-0783-2-0045

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Carl Walrond, 'Shops - Early shops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Sep 2016