Animated documentary short film demonstrating the reasons and methods of the point system of wartime food rationing.




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Robert C. Bruce ...
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In the face of wartime demands and agricultural personnel shortages during World War II, food rationing was necessary. This film explains the US Government's answer of of these wartime realities, point based rationing. Furthermore, the system's application is illustrated as we follow a typical grocery shopper at the store who learns to use it in her favor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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25 February 1943 (USA)  »

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Hard To Imagine, But This Had To Be Done In The U.S.
8 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This small feature that ran in theaters in America during World War II explained how the point system worked for rationing food. People today, from ages 1-65, probably can't fathom that America had to ration food in the last century, but it's true. During the last world war,it can do be done.

This documentary explains how much it takes to feed soldiers overseas; how difficult it can be to get the food safely there; what the effect is on the people back here in the States and why rationing is necessary. Mostly, it involved canned fruits and vegetables, coffee and processed food (i.e. sugar).

Since I was born in late1945 and never experienced rationing of food, I found it quite interesting. It was pretty nice, too, of the U.S. government to try to figure out how to keep the people satisfied with their freedom of choice on what products they could buy with their ration tickets. A point system was used to determine how much everyone was allowed and that is explained it detail. How you used your "rations" was up to you.

This isn't humorous or, frankly, that entertaining but it is a slice of history and one can learn a lot in this six-minute short.

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