WWII Ration Books

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2015-06-26 10:36:20

WWII Ration Books are items of historic ephemera dating from the Second World War.

History & Description

WWII ration books utilised a system that ensured that everyone had equal amounts of food, clothes and provisions and were an integral part of the war effort in the United Kingdom, United States and Germany. About the size of a postcard, these small books were filled with ration stamps that could be used each week to purchase a specified amount of food, such as tinned meat, bread and soup. This system was designed to help keep prices low in a time when provisions were scarce and to ensure that people had what they needed.

Guide for collectors

Ration books from the Second World War are not particularly valuable. Even if a ration book has retained all of its stamps, it is unlikely going to be sold for more than $20. Partial ration books can be purchased for less than $6.

Despite this, World War II ration books are prized among collectors who assemble them not for their monetary value, but for sentimental value as they remind them of the struggles and tribulations of normal citizens during the wars.

World War II ration books are most commonly sold through auctioneers and prices range from $5 to $50. They are also infrequently sold on online bidding sites, such as eBay. Prices tend to range between $3 and $30.

Notable auction sales

On May 25th 2008 at Desert West Auction Service in Mimbres, New Michigan, a World War II ration book No. 2 was sold for $15.

On November 9th 2011 at John Coker ltd., in New Market, Texas, a family World Word II ration book for the W. H. Harding family of Stamford, realised a price of $30.

On March 4th 2012, a selection of twenty-seven World War II ration books was sold on eBay for $29.95.

On August 27th 2011 at Specialists of the South, Inc. in Panama city, Florida, a group of three WWII ration books realised a price of $50.

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