September 24, 1943

Military Demands Drain Supply
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office of Price Administration (OPA) Wednesday night announced an increased duration for shoe rations. Americans must make the shoes purchased under the new stamp, which becomes active on November 2, last until May 1. This is an extension to a six-month duration, up from the current four-month duration. The OPA stated “…heavy drains for military purposes, greatly reduced leather supplies, and manpower shortages…” necessitate the extension. However, the current shoe stamp No. 18 will not expire on October 31 as schedule, but instead will remain valid indefinitely and overlap the new stamp. The OPA states that fewer than twenty-five million shoes will be available monthly to civilians for the next several months, with the remaining production output designated for military uses.

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