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WWII Class 3 Fuel Oil Ration coupons
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Rationing became a way of life for people on the home front during World War II (WWII), from 1941-1945, affecting everything from the quantity and kind of food people ate to the clothes they wore. This is the cover sheet for a ration book of fuel oil coupons, or stamps, issued to Caryll Crafts of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, by the South Deerfield Ration Board. It entitled him to purchase 80 gallons of fuel oil for the period October 1, 1943 to March 31, 1944. While Class 4 allowed an applicant to purchase more than 300 gallons for the year, Class 3 allowed an applicant to purchase fewer than 300 gallons. Mr. Crafts was a Class 3 consumer. When the fuel oil dealer delivered fuel to Mr. Crafts, he was required to detach from the book, coupons having a value in gallons equal to the quantity of oil delivered. The dealer then filled in the form for Record of Deliveries.
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