August 11, 1943

Move Considered for Rationing
CHICAGO, Ill.—The Office of Price Administration (OPA) is considering the use of glass or plastic tokens in place of printed stamps for small-denomination ration stamps. Speaking Monday at the National Association of Retail Meat Dealers meeting, the head of the OPA meat rationing division ,Walter H. Balsom, said stamps require too much printing and clerical work. “Tokens will maximize the use of war ration books…since they will only contain stamps of larger denominations,” he stated. He went on to acknowledge a disadvantage of the proposed plan, which is the tokens would not expire. This could lead to hoarding or the sharing of tokens with others. The OPA is not committed to the plan, however, Balsom stressed.

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