Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Wartime rations list should be stuck to the door of every fridge.

Posted in Pin war rations to every fridge., Wartime rations by sheelanagigcomedienne on March 22, 2012

I think we should all have the war time rations pinned to our fridges. With the problem of diet/obesity which is partly due to the variety and availibity of huge amounts of food everywhere we all need to be reminded of what we ate during the war and afterwards into the fifties.

These pictures are by Leonora Green who resided in Battersea and painted THE CROSSROADS FROM MY WINDOW on Battersea Rise. These were used as posters during WW2. This one is entitled Lest We Forget.


Remember we did NOT  have supermarkets and the variety of foodstuffs/ready meals/take-aways in the 40s and 50s.

I came from a family of seven children and we didn’t have food to snack on other than bread and jam and only biscuits once a week and a packet of potato crisps -Taytos- on bath night.  We had fish twice a week with chips when mother got a deep fat fryer. We had milk puddings for dessert, rice, macaroni, tapioca and bread puddings with apple and rhubarb tarts in season.

We could buy sweets with our pocket money mainly for a penny or tuppence including slab ice- cream. I didn’t know any children who were fat or overweight. In terms of our evolution this ubiquity of a variety of foodstuffs is so recent and our bodies are been terribly over loaded in so-called developed countries.



Rationing In Britain

                                     This was the allowance in 1948.

Bacon and Ham: 2 oz. per person a fortnight
Cheese: ½ oz. a week
Butter/margarine: 7 oz. a week
Cooking fats: 2 oz. a week
Meat: 1s. worth a week
Sugar: 8 oz. a week
Tea: 2oz. a week
Chocolates and sweets: 4oz.a week
Eggs: No fixed ration: 1 egg for each ration book when available
Milk: 3 pints a week
Preserves: 4oz. a week

The meat ration was the equivalent of a half pound of minced beef!

Rationing was introduced gradually.

1939 World War Two begins

1939 – Petrol rationing (ended May 1950 )

8 January 1940 – Rationing of bacon, butter and sugar

11 March 1940 – All meat was rationed

July 1940 – Tea and margarine were added to the list of rationed foods.

March 1941 – Jam was put on ration.

May 1941 – Cheese was rationed

1 June 1941 – Rationing of clothing (ended 15 March 1949)

June 1941 – Eggs were put on ration

July 1941 – Coal was rationed because more and more miners were called up to serve in the forces.

January 1942 – Rice and dried fruit were added to the list of rationed foods.

February 1942 – Soap was rationed so that oils and fats could be saved for food.

Tinned tomatoes and peas were were added to the list of rationed food.

By 17 March 1942, coal, gas and electricity were all rationed

26 July 1942 – Rationing of sweets and chocolate. Each person was allowed about 2oz (55 grams) a week

August 1942 – Biscuits rationed

1943 – Sausages are rationed

1945 World War Two Ends
Rationing continued on many items until 1954.

1948 – The end of rationing begins. It is another 5 years before rationing of all products is stopped.

25 July 1948 – end of flour rationing

15 March 1949 – end of clothes rationing

19 May 1950 – rationing ended for canned and dried fruit, chocolate biscuits, treacle, syrup, jellies and mincemeat.

September 1950 – rationing ended for soap

3 October 1952 – Tea rationing ended

February 1953 – Sweet and sugar rationing ends

4 July 1954 – Food rationing ends

I genuinely believe that we should all be aware of the amounts of food allowed per week during rationing in order to keep a perspective.  On what we actually need and how healthy people were on it.

PRINT AND ATTACH TO YOUR FRIDGE. This could save your life!


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