Saturday, 6 February 2010


The government announces in 1952 an end to tea rationing after 13 years 1939-1952).

During the Second World War food ration books for every man, woman and child came into use on the 8 January 1940. Rationing continued on some items until June 1954.

This tin contains one week's loose tea ration from 1940.

Tea rationing became necessary when Malaya and the East Indies fell to Japan, cutting off most of Australia’s tea supplies. Rationing began on July 6th, 1942. Each person over the age of 9 years was allowed 0.23kg (1/2 lb) of tea every 5 weeks and this required 4 coupons. In November 1942, when regular supplies of tea became available from India and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the ration changed to 0.23kg., each 4 weeks. A popular topic of conversation during the years of rationing – even more popular than the weather – was the poor quality of the tea.

When sugar rationing began on August 31st, 1942, everyone was limited to 0.9kg (2lb) each fortnight and this was 1 coupon. On June 27th, 1943, butter was rationed to 0.23kg (1/2lb) per person per week and was 1 coupon.


What else is changing during the UK Recession?

"As well as a deep recession, we expect a slow recovery, held back by high private debts and (with inadequate bank capital) poor credit availability," he said, adding that it would take until 2013 for the economy to reach the pre-recession peaks of 2008."

"Gordon Brown is now competing with Ramsay MacDonald – not a comparison he would much like," he said. "It looks as if we are pretty much tracking the 1930s."

Where's my Poundstretcher loyalty card?

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