Sunday, August 3, 2014

RATIONING, VINTAGE POSTER SUNDAY

Rationing poster image, WWII, courtesy of National War Museum
A WWII poster that extolled the virtues of rationing.  Of course, rationing was a method of saving resources, in this case food, so that it could be used for soldiers fighting overseas.  We often wonder how Americans would respond today to rationing...would people readily accept it?  Or ignore it?

That's one reason being more self sufficient is so important...you don't have to rely as much on the stores to provide your food, you can take care of yourself for most things.  I would guess that if rationing ever did occur, there would be a lot more people trying to become more self sufficient.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
More later this afternoon/evening!


12 comments:

Practical Parsimony said...

I would accept rationing without argument. I don't think there is the option to ignore it. However, there would be opportunity for many shady deals. I wonder if my hens would be safe.

Practical Parsimony said...

Energizer battery post is up. It is a new promotion, not the one I used.

longtime wife said...

Our society is not what it used to be, people are selfish and I bet would not willingly participate. Americans(not all) are selfish and want it now.
I expand my garden every year with the idea that someday I may not have a choice, so I learn now what does well and what doesn't. And most people would think just plant a seed how hard can it be, lol.

FionaG said...

It would be interesting to see. I know it is a generalisation but when I think of Americans, I think of a people who are very patriotic so perhaps the promotion would work. On a different note but on the same theme, I attended a workshop on the weekend which brought together around 150 people who created a community 'food forest' (another word for very organised orchard but with permaculture and biodiversity principals applied) to go with their community vegetable/herb garden. Can't wait to see it in a years time. It was such a great day.

Texas Rose said...

I remember my grandma talking about war rationing. She said it didn't really affect them much because they lived on a farm and were mostly self-sufficient.
Conservation and self-sufficiency are great values that are worth remembering and cultivating today.

1st Man said...

We would too...but you are right, there would be an underground of all sorts of shady things...including hot hens probably, ha.

1st Man said...

Thank you!!

1st Man said...

You are a smart lady! That's why we are slowly expanding things on the farm too, just in case someday we don't have a choice either. And I could totally hear someone saying that about a seed...."how hard can it be? Dirt, water and you have food, right?" LOL!

1st Man said...

American's are patriotic, very much so and we do tend to come together in times of crisis, But we also have a tendency to be divisive (not all of us of course but some) and they would probably start to question 'why' (quite possibly depending on who is president). A food forest? What a brilliant idea for a community to come together and do this. Keep us posted!!

1st Man said...

SEE! First hand knowledge...self sufficiency is the key. Funny too, you are so right, conservation AND self sufficiency sort of go hand in hand don't they? Thanks!

Dawn McHugh said...

If I could go back in time its the one era I would like to visit, to see first hand how they coped, I have several books on war time cookery and make do and mend during the war time, I find them fasinating.

1st Man said...

Oooh I bet wartime cookery would be very interesting. They had to stretch things and make them last. That would be fascinating huh?