This is coolbert:
From the Chicago Tribune as of today thank to the article by Ron Grossman and the original [?] idea of Catherine Tardy.
That Second World War [WW2] those Chicago civilians and the privation as was to become common during the war, commodities normally available in abundance made scarce and as reported in Tribune headlines of the time.
"Homefront life in WWII"
"BAN TIRES FOR FAMILY CARS"
"U.S. FACES GASOLINE RATION"
"IT'S HERE: GAS RATIONING!"
"POINT RATIONING FOOD PLAN!"
"RATION DRY BEANS, PEAS, SOUP"
"RATION RESTAURANTS' FOOD"
"RATION CANNED MILK TODAY"
"15,000 RATION BOOKS 'VANISH' HERE MONTHLY"
"FEED YOUR DOG MEAT? THEN YOU MUST CUT DOWN ON OWN RATION"
"RATION ORDER BARS TIRES FOR CIVILIAN USES"
"FIX SUGAR RATION AT POUND A WEEK FOR EACH PERSON"
"BUTTER FAMINE PREDICTED: PLAN RATION SYSTEM"
"Sugar Ration? It Won't Be So Bad, City Told"
"Coffee Ration Cut To 1 Pound Every 6 Weeks"
Privation and deprivation not in the European or Oriental sense during the war!
Less of items available. Food items such as sugar, coffee, meat still available and rationed but not a total absence. Less for the family table
For gasoline and tires for cars make do with much less of the former and maybe none of the latter for the duration of the war.
And no sentimentality about feeding your dog either! If you try to feed your dog in the normal manner that means LESS FOR YOU!
Theft of ration books often attributed to the Mafia. If you indeed want to find certain items as were available before the war, that too could be done if you knew the right folks, but beware the punishment if caught.