December 25, 1944

Expanded Ration List Starts Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The number of ration points needed for butter jumps from twenty to twenty-four per pound tomorrow morning, the day after Christmas. This was among the changes announced today by administrator Chester Bowles of the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Other changes include cancellation of all red and blue points active prior to December 1, all sugar stamps, and all canning certificates. Stamp number 34 will be still valid. Bowles states, “Civilian supplies of sugar, butter, and commercially canned fruits and vegetables are at the lowest point since the war began and meat supplies are declining.” The announcement was made earlier than originally intended to “…to protect existing supplies on store shelves from buying runs.”

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