WWII Rationing Book

WWII War Rationing Booklet:
Back of booklet: “Rationing is a vital part of your country’s war effort. Any attempt to violate the rules is an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy.
This book is your Government’s assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war. Price ceilings have also been established for your protection. Dealers must post these prices conspicuously.
Don’t pay more.
Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods.
Be guided by the rule: If you don’t need it, DON’T BUY IT.”

Items were rationed because of shortages in the rubber and metal industries. Because trucks using rubber tires delivered processed goods, anything processed was rationed. As of February 1942, all metal work was converted to producing tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other military products, with the United States government as the only customer and so there was no longer available: metal office furniture, typewriters, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines.

Civilians first received ration books – War Ration Book Number One, 4 May 1942, through more than 100,000 school teachers, PTA groups, and other volunteers. A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber for tires. Each person in a household received a ration book, including babies and small children who qualified for canned milk not available to others. To receive a gasoline ration, a person had to prove they owned no more than 5 tires, the extras would be confiscated.
April 1, 1942, anyone wishing to purchase a new toothpaste tube, then made from metal, had to turn in an empty one. On May 5, the US was rationed to 1/2 pound of sugar per person per week. Coffee was rationed nationally on 29 November 1942 to 1 pound every five weeks. By the end of 1942, rationing was in place for typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, silk, nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled, and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood, and coal, jams, jellies, and fruit butter.

Information from www.ameshistory.org
Life Magazine, 1941-1942
Rationing Book of Richard Alexander, courtesy of Margaret Alexander
Written by J.Rose

Halifax Geography

The town of Halifax is located near the center of Plymouth County – 28 miles from Boston and 12 miles from Plymouth. It contains 11,285 acres; 1700 of it water and about 200 swamp.

Halifax is the only town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which was incorporated on the Fourth of July, (July 4, 1734). It was named in honor of the Earl of Halifax in England and was created from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke and Plympton.

The town’s borders would change several times, with its early years marked by a period of expansion. A portion of Bridgewater was annexed to Halifax on February 20, 1824, while another part of Plympton was added to the town on March 16, 1831.

By the mid-19th century, the modern town line had been firmly established. Halifax lost land to East Bridgewater on April 11, 1857, while Halifax and Plympton swapped land on February 6, 1863. Permanent boundaries were established in both cases.


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Sue Basile


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Daniel Flockton

Girl Scouts Go to Fenway

Girl Scouts go to Fenway

On Sunday May 27th, East Bridgewater Girl Scout Troop 66121 headed to Fenway Park where they were honored and chosen to lead the Scout Day Parade. The girls met some of the Red Sox alumni players and shared handshakes and fist bumps as they waited to enter the field. Congratulations, girls!

Story and Photos Courtesy of Alicia Keith.


Lily, Snowy Owls, and Us

Lily is a local East Bridgewater resident and an owl lover. In an effort to help sustain the Snowy Owl population, Lily has launched a fundraiser to benefit Mass Audubon and their owl preservation efforts!

Captured by Lily, one print available for pruchase

Lily and her father travel to Duxbury Beach to capture her favorite bird on camera. By purchasing the prints she produces, you are helping East Bridgewater’s newest ambitious animal activist make a lasting impact on Snowy Owls.

Visit the fundraising page here.
Below find a video of Lily describing her mission.

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James Holbert

The Big Plant Sale!

Have you noticed the GOT PLANTS?? posters around town and in our newsletter? The East Bridgewater Garden Club (EBGC) is gearing up for its annual Plant Sale on May 19, 2018.

The EBGC’s roots go all the way back to 1930 (pun very much intended). Former Club President Darlene Dupras told us the objective of EBGC is the “betterment of home grounds, civic plantings and the protection of trees, plants and birds, bees and butterflies.”

The event is a two-part process. Part 1: For the preparatory stages, the club members ask for donations of plants. If you are willing to donate, the EBGC will come by to dig up your flora and repot it for the Plant Sale. Part 2: Mark your calendar and come by on May 19th, where these gems of EB will be on sale!

The Sale proceeds will be used to maintain several public gardens in town including the island at the N. Central Street and Pleasant Street fork, the center of town historic horse trough, and several gardens at Sachem Rock.

Our Garden Club has kept up a seasonal flower displays in the horse trough since the 1960s!

But the Plant Sale fundraiser majorly benefits the Engstrom Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1000. For the past 15 years it has been going out annually to one East Bridgewater high school student continuing their education in an Agricultural or Environmental Study program. Last year, the beneficiary was Daniel Lovell who is majoring in Environmental Studies at Merrimack College.

This year’s recipient will be announced May 30th at East Bridgewater High School’s “Awards Evening”

It’s officially Spring now! So if you’ve got some beautiful buds breaking the earth’s surface and you feel like sharing them, let the EBGC know and they’ll schedule a digging time. Please call Kathy at 508-378-7824 or Carol at 508-697-2502.

See you at the Plant Sale this May 19th! Next day May 20th in case of rain/snow.

Images Courtesy of the East Bridgewater Garden Club.

East Bridgewater Gets a Home BASE for Skating

A new skatepark has come to East Bridgewater and it comes with a unique feature: it’s portable.

The park opened on April 8th after years of effort and planning under the guidance of Diane Carey and East Bridgewater Biking and Skating Enrichment (EB BASE). The debut event happened on the common and saw riders of all ages in attendance. There was Live music, a BMX performance, and facepainting.


Carey writes of opening day:

“Today at our opening day event I felt so much support from the community, Selectmen, police, CERT, DPW, friends, family, artist, musicians, our park was even blessed by Fr. Paul Ring. What a day! Thank you to everyone for the support and all the volunteers who made this day amazing.”

Victoria Snelgrove

Diane Carey also recognized the generosity of the Victoria Snelgrove Memorial Fund (or Torie Fund) that made the park possible.

Dianne and Richard Snelgrove donated $25K for the park. The fund honors the memory of their daughter Victoria Snelgrove, an East Bridgewater native, who passed away in 2004 following a Red Sox game.

At the end of its future events, the park equipment (ramps, rails. pipes) disassemble to fit neatly inside a trailer. The trailer sports the EB BASE decal as well as the official park name: Victoria Snelgrove Skatepark.

The Park will be at GWM Middle School tomorrow the 15th, on the 18th, and on the 21st, all between the hours of 12pm-5pm. You can track the park for future locations via their Facebook page.

The park does provide skating equipment and protective gear, though they are in limited supply.

Respectfully Submitted,
James Holbert