Book: 1943 - 'War Economy Standard'

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Book: 1943 - 'War Economy Standard'

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome published in 1943 under the War Economy Standard rules.

The need to conserve paper in Britain during World War II led to rationing from 1940 with Publishers having their paper supplies cut to 60% of their pre war usage. The 'Book Production War Economy Agreement' of 1942 between the Ministry of Supply and the Publishers Association bought in codes governing the production of books with strict guidelines covering print size, words per page, blank pages and so on. Whilst it was a voluntary agreement Publishers who didn't join had their already rationed paper supply cut further. Despite the limitations placed on publishing during the War demand for books grew, especially amongst the less wealthy echelons of society. Paper rationing in Britain continued until 1949.

This book belonged to my Grandparents who met and married during the war. My Grandfather, (Christopher Turner 1920 - 2006) served in the Royal Signals whilst my Grandmother (Eileen Turner 1918 - 2005) worked at Vickers Armstrong aviation at Brooklands, Surrey and later at RAF Bassingbourne, Hertfordshire repairing the linen fuselages of Wellington Bombers damaged in combat.

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