Thursday, May 15, 2014

This Day in History: Gas Rationing During WWII

On this date in 1942, gas rationing began in 17 Eastern states in an attempt to help the World War II war effort. By the end of the year, mandatory gas rationing was in effect in all 50 states.

  • Digital ID: (intermediary roll film) fsa 8b07392
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USE6-D-006024 (b&w film nitrate neg.)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540

America entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Automobile factories began producing planes and tanks. Households were required to limit their consumption of rubber, gasoline, sugar, alcohol and cigarettes. Ration stamps for gasoline were issued by local boards and pasted to the windshield of a family or individual's automobile.The government also passed a mandatory wartime speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

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