Barb - The ration book you have must have been made out better than mine or Don's. War Ration Book #3 says Indentification of person to whom issed: PRINT IN FULL
M H Ellison in script. No address or any other info on it that would indicate who I was or where I lived
War ration Book Four says Mary H. Ellison 2125 Ashwood Nashvillle, Tenn.
Nothing more but the address is a place I stayed for about 1 month. It was occupied by a rental family who would have moved in a month or so. None of us would have returned or left any record.
Ration Book No 3 has a note penned in that it is Book 4 Donald E. Ellison Signature LT Donald E Ellison
Ration Book Four
Issued to Donald Ellison 199 N. Walnut Franklin Ind.
No signature and no title
We were here about 1 mo. while Don trained to become a Tank Destroyer. But there is no way to trace him even as a soldier from this book.
Now these were issued by the United States of America Office of Price Administration
There were local offices in cities and I suppose small towns where they could be picked up. It is obvious that the records were not very good. I doubt very much if records were kept when we no longer had Price Control. There had to be one for every one who consumed groceries. I think even children. I don't have and no longer remember the rules. But there must have been millions of them.
Newspapers printed the directions for using them with the proper dates as the rules changed. I clipped and kept the rules with the books so I would always know what was allowed. We had black leather pouches that just fit the books to carry them in. We found them at a 10 cent stores if I remember right. I know we were not required to carry them that way. But they were always with us. Mary