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TITLE
Application for supplementary clothing coupons
EXTERNAL ID
Z_PC_WGORDON3_004_067
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
8484
KEYWORDS
clothing rationing
ration coupons
rationing
World War II
Application for supplementary clothing coupons

This image shows an application form for supplementary clothing coupons, in use during World War II. The form lists the circumstances in which persons would be able to apply. These include persons who have lost clothing as a consequence of of war damage to their homes, persons discharged or on special leave from the army and those who have been discharged from hospital.

On the 1st June 1941, clothing was rationed in Britain and coupon books were issued to every person living in the United Kingdom. The onset of World War II made it impossible for cloth to be imported from abroad and British manufacturers were kept busy making items such as army uniforms and parachutes. Each person was entitled to a maximum of 66 coupons per year, with growing children being allocated an extra ten coupons. Some items such as hats, clogs, and clothes for babies under four months, were exempt from rationing. Second hand clothing became very popular during the war years as the purchasing of these items also came under the exemption list. Clothing rationing continued throughout the war years and beyond, until it was finally lifted in 1952.

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Application for supplementary clothing coupons

1930s; 1940s

clothing rationing; ration coupons; rationing; World War II

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (documents)

This image shows an application form for supplementary clothing coupons, in use during World War II. The form lists the circumstances in which persons would be able to apply. These include persons who have lost clothing as a consequence of of war damage to their homes, persons discharged or on special leave from the army and those who have been discharged from hospital. <br /> <br /> On the 1st June 1941, clothing was rationed in Britain and coupon books were issued to every person living in the United Kingdom. The onset of World War II made it impossible for cloth to be imported from abroad and British manufacturers were kept busy making items such as army uniforms and parachutes. Each person was entitled to a maximum of 66 coupons per year, with growing children being allocated an extra ten coupons. Some items such as hats, clogs, and clothes for babies under four months, were exempt from rationing. Second hand clothing became very popular during the war years as the purchasing of these items also came under the exemption list. Clothing rationing continued throughout the war years and beyond, until it was finally lifted in 1952.