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Every Day Life During World War II

Tomorrow marks the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II. Although the Germans had surrendered earlier in 1945, on 8 May, the Japanese didn’t surrender until 2 September 1945.

Aside from the horror and death in all the battles, families at home, whether in Europe or the United States and elsewhere had endured many lean years, beginning with the Great Depression.

Prosperity was still years away – Britain was still on rationing when Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, married Prince Phillip in 1947.

Personally, I think I would probably have tossed these the moment I was able, but, for whatever reason, Earl and Pearl Stufflebean saved not one, but two, of their wartime ration books:

War Ration Book Four

It is an interesting memento of difficult times long ago.