Second World War: Rationing Canning Sugar

Woman talks about rationing regulations during the Second World War

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Many things were rationed during the Second World War, including sugar. But if a person had fruit to can, there was a special provision for canning sugar. A friend of mine had an abundance of pears. This friend told me: "If you can get sugar for them, I will give you a bushel of pears." I went to the Ration Board to apply for sugar. I was told, "After you get the pears, come and apply." I told my friend, who said, "1 will give them after I know you have the sugar." So I had nothing. 

Mary Gardener
Forest Park, Illinois


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