Food ration books for a family living in Abbott Road, Poplar.
Valid 1953-1954 these probably would have been the last ration coupons needed as sweets came off ration in February 1953 and sugar in November 1953. The end of all food rationing came in 4 July 1954, with meat and bacon the last to go. World War 2 rationing was introduced very early. On 8 January 1940, bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. This was followed by meat, tea, jam, biscuits, breakfast cereals, cheese, eggs, milk and canned fruit. One of the few foods not rationed was fish and chips.
Rationing continued after the end of the war. In fact, it became stricter after the war ended than during the hostilities. Bread, which was not rationed during the war, was rationed from 1946 to 1948; and potato rationing began in 1947. This was largely due to the necessity of feeding the population of European areas coming under British control, whose economies had been devastated by the fighting.*