Oh yes there are some of us. I’ve been a Doper for a while, and I was born in 1927 (you do the math), so went through the Great Depression, and of course, WWII with it’s ration books. And as somebody posted, you’d be surprised how many of us geezers are pretty much up on computers. Hey, it was our generation that invented the things. I got my first computer in 1981, before some of you were born and built several of my own.
I don’t really know how much I can “tell you my stories about ration books.” I can tell you a lot of hair-raising stories about a lot of things back then, but using ration books was really not, oh, I don’t know, very exciting. You got the damn things and took them shopping. Every store (no supermarkets then, just corner grocery stores) had signs on everything. They gave the price, as they do today, and the number of ration points. When you were ready to pay, we gave the grocer the money, and tore out the correct number of stamps to make the points necessary.
All kinds of things were rationed, but not everything. Most frustrating was when you had enough stamps at the end of the month, but when you went to buy some sugar, meat, butter or such, they were out of it. Lots of things were in very short supply.
Boy, now I can’t remember for sure, but I think there were different color stamps for different products, but as my mother did most of the shopping, not too sure. I do know that people traded; if they had extra for something, they would swap with a neighbor for something they might have more of.
As I recall, most vegetables were not rationed, but often there was not much of a supply, so many people planted “Victory Gardens” and we grew our own stuff.
Of course, gas was rationed too, but as we could not afford a car, so not sure how that worked, but don’t think stamps were used for gas. Every car got a sticker to put on the windshield, A, B or C, I think. Only doctors and those with jobs essential for the war effort got a decent amount. Ordinary people might get enough to drive a week or two during each month, but not very much. Tires were rationed too (as was anything made of rubber) and it was almost impossibe to get them anyway, so people were loath to drive unless necessary.
I can see how these things would be interesting to people today, but for us it was one more thing we had to cope with during the war. I went into the Army at the tail end of the war, and for the first time in my life, had enought to eat! Never did during the Depression, then when we had some income after Pearl Harbor, could not get enough to eat due to rationing. Hard to get too upset about the so-called problems of today. Life, compared to back then, is pretty darn good.