November 23, 1944

OPA Says Price of Feast Lower This Year
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dr. James S. Thomas, deputy director of the Office of Price Administration (OPA), revealed the average family’s cost for Thanksgiving Day dinner this year is about eleven cents lower than last year. Thomas attributes the decrease to some foods now under price controls that were not last year, and by following OPA rules, consumers and grocers have allowed the OPA to “hold the line” on other foods. The price ceiling on a fully dressed turkey—the centerpiece of all Thanksgiving Day tables—is $5.04 this year, compared to $5.12 in 1943. Some foodstuff has gone up in price this year, such as eggs, onions, celery, and lettuce; all items that can be grown or raised in a small Victory garden.

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