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Rationing

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Campseakate
People in story: 
Iris and Neville Steward
Location of story: 
Ipswich
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4096073
Contributed on: 
20 May 2005

We all pulled together during the war, there was great comradeship. The Americans used to send over peanut butter. It used to come in great big tins. We used to queue up at Woolworths and you’d get the peanut butter ration in a greaseproof bag. When we got home it was a real treat if you got to scrape the paper bag after the peanut butter was put in a jar. There were always queues and nobody ever moaned, I guess that’s why the older generation don’t mind queuing. If you saw a queue you used to join it automatically if case you missed out on something. I can remember visiting my great aunt and we used to collect her rations for her. The whole of your ration for the week would cover a small area, the size of a plate. It was just things like a couple of ounces of cheese, and a little bit of butter, and one egg. We used to have powered egg and we loved it. You’d mix it with water and fry it. I never felt hungry. I remember the day VE was proclaimed all the mothers got out things they’d saved up and made cakes for the party

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