submitted by John Coburn
Theresa Brownell of the Kettle River Museum accepts four Ration Books donated by Myrna Coburn. During the Second World War, from 1942 to 1946, certain foods were rationed to ensure Canada could support the troops and civilians in Europe. By limiting Canadian consumption, more would be available for our fighting forces.
Coffee, tea, butter, meat and sugar were all restricted through rationing. Every Canadian was issued a book of coupons but coffee and tea were restricted to those over age 18. Myrna’s first book was issued in 1943, corresponding to her year of birth. The last one was from 1946. Each book contains unused coupons.