West Orange, NJ, USA

      You asked about rationing during the war years, well it was a pain but we managed to eat well without too much trouble. We all had rationing books which we took to the butcher's and the small mom and pop's stores where they would take stamps that were needed. Where we felt rationing the most was gas rationing. Because Jim could take public transportation to work he got the lowest rationing sticker so he sold the car for fifteen dollars, a '32 Ford Coupe. If we had a place to store it until after the war we would have been able to sell it for at least four or five hundred dollars. As it was we had to wait awhile after the war before we were able to get another car.

     Also, if you weren't one of the lucky ones who owned a refrigerator before the war, you used a icebox for your perishables. The iceman would deliver a block of ice to fit your icebox once or twice a week your only job was to make sure the pan until the box was emptied often or else it was flood time. The insulated wooden cabinets were tin lined and kept food cold for several days, but buying trips to the butcher's were more frequent than they are today. There were butchershops in nearly every neighorhood.

----- Betty Justin



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