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WORLD WAR TWO RATION STAMP POINTS RELEASE DATES

July 10, 2015

Here is a list of Rationing Points and Dates during WW2 that I have typed up after much research. My husband and I have been going and continue to go, to our local public library and use their research room to study about the home front during WW2. These are the release and expiration dates to the best of our knowledge from our research.

RATIONING POINTS ARE AS FOLLOWS,

EACH PERSON was given 48 BLUE POINT STAMPS PER MONTH.

BLUE STAMPS were to be used for PROCESSED FOODS
Such as;
FRUITS AND FRUIT JUICES,
FROZEN FRUITS
DRIED AND DEHYDRATED
CANNED AND BOTTLED VEGETABLES AN VEGETABLE JUICES
OTHER PROCESSED FOODS, CANNED AND BOTTLED INCLUDING BABY FOOD
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE NOT RATIONED

RED STAMPS
EACH PERSON was given 16 RED POINT STAMPS PER WEEK TOTALING 64 POINTS PER MONTH.
RED STAMPS were to be used for MEAT, BUTTER, CHEESE, LARD, MARGARINE, OILS, CANNED MEAT, TINNED FISH, CANNED MILK, ETC.

Following along here, the dates and stamp letters as they are released for use.
If this seems confusing to you, think about the people in 1943 having to figure out all of this at the grocery store. They found out through newspaper and grocery store posts when stamps were valid and when they expired. Also there were stamp books for sugar and gasoline, coffee, shoes and many more items. In this post I will be posting food. I will post sugar, gasoline, shoes etc later.

The above photo are blue ration stamps from a real War Ration Book Number two. 

Rationing of processed foods started March 1st, 1943. In 1942 rationing had started for sugar, gasoline and other goods. In this post I will be discussing Foods.


MARCH 1, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
A, B, & C VALID Expire March 31, 1943

MARCH 29, 1943 RED STAMPS
Letter "A" valid March 29 Expires April 30, 1943

I will use the two top dates to explain. On march 1, 1943 you could purchase processed foods with blue stamps lettered A, B & C. Their books were filled with other letters and numbers but they could not use those letters and numbers until they were released. For processed foods the letters A B & C were released for the month listed. People could purchase their canned vegetables, fruits, juices etc but had to be very careful to stretch these point numbers and letters to last the month.

Red stamp that was issued (photo above) March 29, 1943 only released one letter per week and at times there were changes on the release dates. So for March 29 you could go with your letter "A" row and purchase 16 points of food. This was very difficult because in March of 1943 Butter was 8 points, Most meat was at least 8 points per pound, cheese was 8 points. Each family member received a book of stamps. The less family members the harder to get enough stamps to get butter, oil meat etc.

APRIL 1, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
D, E & F Valid Expire April 30, 1943

APRIL 5, 1943 RED STAMPS
A & B valid Expires April 30, 1943

APRIL 12, 1943 RED STAMPS
A, B & C valid Expires April 30, 1943

APRIL 19, 1943 RED STAMPS
A, B, C & D valid Expires April 30, 1943

APRIL 26, 1943 RED STAMPS
A, B, C, D Expires April 30, 1943
E valid April 26 Expires May 31, 1943

APRIL 29, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
G H & J Valid Expire May 31, 1943
( there was no letter I )

MAY 3, 1943 RED STAMPS
E & F Valid Expire May 31, 1943

MAY 10, 1943 RED STAMPS
E, F & G Valid Expire May 31, 1943

MAY 17, 1943 RED STAMPS
E, F, G & H Valid Expire May 31, 1943

MAY 24, 1943 RED STAMPS
E, F, G & H Valid Expire May 31, 1943
J Valid Expire June 30, 1943

JUNE 1, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
G, H & J extend Expire June 7, 1943
K, L & M Valid Expire July 7, 1943

JUNE 1, 1943 RED STAMPS
J & K Valid Expire June 30, 1943

JUNE 8, 1943 RED STAMPS
J, K & L Valid Expire June 30, 1943

JUNE 15, 1943 RED STAMPS
J, K, L & M Valid Expire June 30, 1943

JUNE 22, 1943 RED STAMPS
J, K, L, M, N Valid Expire June 30, 1943

JULY 1, 1943 RED STAMPS
P Valid Expire July 31, 1943
( there was no letter O )


JULY 8, 1943 RED STAMPS
P, Q Valid Expire July 31, 1943

JULY 8, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
N, P & Q Valid Expire August 7, 1943

JULY 15, 1943 RED STAMPS
P, Q & R Valid Expire July 31, 1943

JULY 22, 1943 RED STAMPS
P, Q, R & S Valid Expire July 31, 1943

JULY 29, 1943 RED STAMPS
P, Q, R, S, Valid Expire July 31, 1943
T Valid Expire Aug 31, 1943

AUGUST 1, 1943 RED STAMPS
T & U Valid Expire Aug 31, 1943

AUGUST 7, 1943 BLUE STAMPS
R S T Valid Expire Sept 20, 1943

AUGUST 8, 1943 RED STAMPS
T, U & V Valid Expire Aug 31, 1943

AUGUST 15, 1943 RED STAMPS
T, U, V & W Valid Expire Aug 31, 1943

AUGUST 22, 1943 RED STAMPS
T, U, V, W Valid Expire Aug 31, 1943
X Added Expire Oct 2, 1943

SEPTEMBER 1,
1943 RED STAMPS
X & Y Valid Expire Oct 2, 1943

SEPTEMBER 8
1943 RED STAMPS
X, Y & Z Valid Expire Oct 2, 1943

SEPTEMBER 8
1943 BLUE STAMPS
R, S & T Valid Expire Sept 20, 1943

SEPTEMBER 15
1943 RED STAMPS
AND BROWN STAMPS
X Y & Z Valid Expire Oct, 2, 1943
Brown A Valid Expire Oct 2, 1943
Red and Blue stamps have been from ration
Book number two. Brown Stamps are
Replacing red stamps. Green stamps will be
Replacing blue stamps in new ration book 3.

SEPTEMBER 20 BLUE STAMPS
1943 U, V &W Valid Expire Oct, 20 1943

SEPTEMBER 22
1943 RED STAMPS
X Y Z Valid Expire Oct 2, 1943
BROWN STAMPS
A & B Expire Oct 2, 1943

SEPTEMBER 29 RED STAMPS
1943 X Y Z Valid Expire Oct 2, 1943
BROWN
A B Expire Oct 2, 1943
Brown C Valid Expire Oct 30, 1943

OCTOBER 1
1943 BLUE STAMPS
U V W Valid Expire Oct, 2 1943
X Y & Z Valid Expire Nov 20, 1943


OCTOBER 4
1943 BROWN STAMPS
C & D Valid Expire Oct 30, 1943

OCTOBER 11
1943 BROWN STAMPS
C D & E Valid Expire Oct 30, 1943

OCTOBER 18
1943 BROWN STAMPS
C D E & F Valid Expire Oct 30, 1943

OCTOBER 25
1943 BROWN STAMPS
C D E F Valid Expire Oct 30, 1943
G Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943

NOVEMBER 1
1943 BROWN STAMPS
G & H Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943

NOVEMBER 1
1943 BLUE STAMPS
X Y Z Valid Expire Nov 20, 1943
GREEN STAMPS ( From book #4 )
A B C Valid Expire Dec 20, 1943

NOVEMBER 8
1943 BROWN STAMPS
G, H & J Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943
( no I stamp)

NOVEMBER 15
1943 BROWN STAMPS
G H J & K Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943

NOVEMBER 22
1943 BROWN STAMPS
G H J K Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943
L Valid Expire Jan 1 1944

NOVEMBER 29
1943 BROWN STAMPS
G H J K Valid Expire Dec 4, 1943
L & M Valid Expire Jan 1, 1944

DECEMBER 6
1943 BROWN STAMPS
L M N Valid Expire Jan 1, 1944

DECEMBER 6
1943 GREEN STAMPS
A B C Valid Expire Dec 20, 1943
D E F Good Thru January 20, 1944

DECEMBER 13
1943 BROWN STAMPS
L M N & P Valid Expire Jan 1, 1944

DECEMBER 20 BROWN STAMPS
1943 L M N P Q Valid Good thru Jan 1, 1944

DECEMBER 27
1943 BROWN STAMPS
L M N P Q Valid Good thru Jan 1, 1944
R Valid Good thru Jan 29, 1944

JANUARY 3
1944 BROWN STAMPS
R & S Good thru Jan 29, 1944

I Will do a part two for the food stamps taking it into 1944 as our research continues.




 
 
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