Rationing In Britain

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Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums

12 жыл бұрын

COI 155
An American commentator looks at the effects of rationing on the people of England in 1944.
The film presents a 'typical' family of 4 (housewife, engine-driver husband, factory-working daughter, schoolboy son) to illustrate the basic rationing system, the workings of 'point' systems and other restrictions, and the difficulties the average family faced when eating 'on the ration'.
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Joyce Hopewell
Joyce Hopewell 11 жыл бұрын
I've been searching for this film for years as my dad is the butcher serving Mrs. Green in the shop. I saw the clip once on a BBC programme years ago & my dad just happened to be watching at the same time. He'd often told me about the information film he'd taken part in during the war but had never seen it, so it was a treat for us both the see it together, quite unexpectedly on on TV. In the war he worked as a butcher by day and ARP Warden by night.
Donald Hoult
Donald Hoult
I was born in very early 1938 and lost my entire family during WW2: ended up in a State orphanage. My usual total food intake throughout my time in there was: a bowl of porridge and one piece of bread/margarine for breakfast; a bowl of stew at mid-day ( 200 yards to school so we did not get dinner in school ); and a slice of bread with cod liver oil dribbled on it at about 4:30 pm. Very occasionally we were fed some dried egg ( I adored it ) and had our individual ration of 3 pear drops; which never varied. A whole sweet was never consumed at one 'go ' but was sucked for a short while and then returned to one's little storage jar - the rest to be enjoyed later.
Redpilled_Tuber 2 жыл бұрын
My Grandmother lived through both wars.
Steve Gad
Steve Gad 9 жыл бұрын
My Mother still won't use anything else, and my late dad wouldn't hear of instant gravy. Even OXO cubes were considered a crime, but mum often served instant gravy without him knowing. "There." He'd say, "You can't beat proper made gravy" Us kids always grinned at each other and he never did find out.
Joyce Hopewell
Joyce Hopewell 9 жыл бұрын
Thanks - it was an amazing experience to find this clip. I followed it up by contacting the Imperial War Museum who sold me a copy of the film for my own family archives, so now my grown up offspring can see what Grandpa looked like & did in the war. It really was quite a find.
Patrick Francique
Patrick Francique 12 жыл бұрын
In those times there was a strong sense of community and a "we're all in it together" attitude so there was lots of private trading and sharing so everyone helped each other get through those difficult times. Saving, budgeting and being resourceful were common attitudes in those days. If we could adopt some of those wartime principles we could get through this world reccession as they got through their ration period.
Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson
My parents lived through rationing with 3 children. Mum always kept a very well stocked food cupboard and passed that habit to me. My children think I am ridiculous but I would rather that than any other way. I can always make something to eat in contrast to one of my daughters who lets her cupboards empty completely before she shops. I think we are going to be going through rationing again soon here in the UK, unless they just have us all use food banks.
GodConsciousness 2 жыл бұрын
An example of true national effort. There's a Pathé video that shows that despite six years of rationing and bombing and fighting, on VE Day these same long-suffering Britons massed in front of Buckingham Palace, sang God Save The King, and shouted "We want the King!" Never fails to produce a tear in my eye. God bless and preserve their memory!
Josh Fredman
Josh Fredman 2 жыл бұрын
I love that joke at the end. Anyhow, it may not effect entire nations anymore, but many people still struggle with hunger. I live in the US: When I was in college I couldn't afford breakfast at all, and lunch was only half what I would rather have eaten. I was on the "standard" meal plan at my dormitory, which assumes you go home to your parents for the weekends and sometimes go out to eat during the week, but I had no such support and had to make that meal plan stretch to cover everything, and it was not nearly enough. Well, enough to live on, but not enough for satisfaction. Shortly after college, I was unemployed for six months and had to cut out lunch too. It was just dinner and one snack per day. I got so gaunt! Beans, pasta, a chicken a week, a few cans of tuna...that was about it. I probably would have qualified for food stamps and food banks, but I didn't realize it. No one is taught about those things. Today I weigh nearly double what I weighed at my lightest, and I'd much rather have it this way than go back to living with daily hunger. It drives you mad...
Kathleen Catherwood
Kathleen Catherwood 2 жыл бұрын
I feel sad for my relatives who had to do this. They survived with a war going on & so will we without a war.
cuddly pandas
cuddly pandas 2 жыл бұрын
I find these kinds of films so interesting... so now that the war is over I still see some people struggling to buy food. So grateful for even a pack of noodles a day here at college. Great learning.
Lorraine Chandler
Lorraine Chandler 4 жыл бұрын
My late mother(born in 1934) grew up in London during the war.When she married my Dad,and came to America in 1955,she was amazed at the abundance and variety of food in grocery stores.
craigslistrr O
craigslistrr O 4 жыл бұрын
Hardship builds strength...Something we desperately need in today's world.
ol'sarge Жыл бұрын
I was friends with an older English couple for about 20 years until their passing. He was child during WW2 in London and would talk about living and sleeping in the underground (The Tube) tunnels at night due to the bombing. His wife was from a farm in rural Dorset during the war. She talked about going to bed and hearing the German planes headed to London and other cities. She said the family seldom took shelter as there was nothing to bomb near her except dirt. I stayed with them at their home in Poole. Even then they still tended a small garden in their back yard. Ray said the war turned the UK into a nation of gardeners. Both world wars are given little coverage in history classes here as they seldom get much time as the school year is almost over by the time they get to it. Rationing over here pretty much ended with the war. I was surprised to learn of continued rationing for almost another 15 years after the war ended. I have read that at the height of the convoy sinking that the UK was down to a few weeks of food supplies on hand and real chances of starvation happening. All things considered, you have a lot to be proud of. I’m glad there is a special friendship between our countries (and all the Common Wealth nations) and hope that continues indefinitely.
Jacques Coupal
Jacques Coupal 5 жыл бұрын
Fish was not rationed, so fishermen would go out and catch fish for dinner and for selling. Fish and chips become "famous" during this time.
Arizona Homesteading And Travels
Arizona Homesteading And Travels 2 жыл бұрын
Here in the US my mother told me stories of how they had rations and how since they were Mormon, they had always been taught to have a years supply of food for an emergency, even back then..so when she was a child, 30's/40's, she said they had plenty of sugar and flour etc..pretty much everything nobody else had a large supply of, they had plenty because of the teachings of the church to save for a rainy day..Mormons to this day still do this..food storage...Not a bad idea no matter your religion or lack there of!
Mrs Tukutela
Mrs Tukutela 28 күн бұрын
My late husband grew up during the second world war and he told me all about the rationing of food: powdered eggs, two ounces of tea per person a week, etc. His mother still had ration books in her sideboard drawer when I met her in 1972!
starview1 7 жыл бұрын
Excellent perspective,hope no one ever needs to go through this misery again
Hotshotter3000 9 жыл бұрын
There was a lot of truth to that statement. During WW2 in Britain, from what I understand, rates of heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses plummeted to the point that by wars end, they were non-existent. Watch the Supersizers Wartime for a look. If you know that show, you'd be amazed how their general health actually improved over the week (while normally there's some less than desirable results from other regimes).
Barry Rudge
Barry Rudge
I was born in 1946 one of the baby boomer children and remember rationing and taking the ration book with me to the shops when doing errands for Mom. Towards the end of rationing I remember my first banana, and my first large orange they came in a small bag of fruit from grandma, the paper bag usually contained two or three items of what ever was in season.
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