February 16, 1944

“A” Card Could Be 25% More
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chester Bowles, chief of the Office of Price Administration (OPA), stated last night in a radio address the black market is to blame for the allocation of rationed gasoline not being higher. Bowles indicated the “A” ration card might be worth as much as twenty-five per cent more gallons than current were it not for “black market parasites.” As much as 2,500,000 gallons of gasoline daily is diverted by the black market. Bowles estimated this equated to a loss of approximately forty-five miles a month per average driver. He went on to say the gasoline situation will become increasingly taxed by military demands “…the closer we get to invasion…” of the European mainland.

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