Wartime Rationing

January 12, 1942

Report Outline
Supply Shortages and Consumer Rationing
Consumer Rationing in World War I
European Rationing Systems in World War II
Special Focus

Supply Shortages and Consumer Rationing

Rationing of Automobiles, Tires, and Tubes

Civilian rationing, applied on January 5 to purchases of new tires, will be extended in mid-January to purchases of new automobiles, and may later be applied to a variety of articles and commodities needed to supply the war requirements of the United States and its Allies.

The President warned the country in his Annual Message on the State of the Union, January 6, that it must be prepared to forego many conveniences and luxuries to forward the war program, that civilian use of certain raw materials—steel, copper, rubber, aluminum, zinc, tin—would have to be severely restricted and in some cases entirely eliminated.

In his Budget Message, January 7, the President said the system of allocations—rationing on the business level—should be extended and made fully effective.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Aug. 14, 1943  Quality Labeling
Aug. 06, 1943  Voting in 1944
Jul. 27, 1943  Civilian Production in a War Economy
Mar. 08, 1943  Labor Turnover and Absenteeism
Nov. 06, 1942  War Contracts and Profit Limitation
Oct. 10, 1942  Control of Manpower
Aug. 14, 1942  Soldiers and Politics
Jul. 16, 1942  Reduction of Non-War Government Spending
Jul. 08, 1942  Education for War Needs
Jun. 20, 1942  Roll Calls in 1942 Campaign
Jun. 12, 1942  War Shipping and Shipbuilding
Apr. 30, 1942  Forced Evacuations
Apr. 21, 1942  Politics in Wartime
Apr. 14, 1942  Agricultural Import Shortages
Feb. 10, 1942  Disease in Wartime
Jan. 12, 1942  Wartime Rationing
Jun. 19, 1941  Sabotage
Dec. 13, 1940  Shipping and the War
Oct. 24, 1940  Price Control in Wartime
Jul. 20, 1940  Labor in Wartime
Oct. 05, 1937  Alien Political Agitation in the United States
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