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1940s Mining Life

World War II clothing ration book
World War II clothing ration book
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People not only had a food ration book, but a clothing coupon book too. Clothes rationing was introduced in June 1941, as raw materials became scarce. This also released people who worked in the clothing industry to do more useful war work. Each person in the country was given an allowance of coupons held in a book, and all items of clothing were given a price in coupons. In 1942 every man, woman and child was allocated 60 coupons to last for fifteen months. A man's suit cost 26 coupons, a women's dress cost 11, and two handkerchiefs cost 1 coupon.
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