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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Interesting article

So, among the mayhem of Hurricane Ike, spiking gas prices, and general political amusment....I found a gem of an article. Just wanted to post an excerpt with link.

Gas prices trigger a memory
By: Mike West

A rush on gas stations always brings to mind the energy crisis of the 1970s and the rationing endured by civilians during World War II.

I doubt if few or any of us would endure such restrictions today no matter how good the cause.

The federal Office of Price Administration handled the gas rationing during WWII.

To get a rationing classification you had to report to the local OPA and swear that they owned no more that five automobile tires. You also had to prove you had an important need for gasoline.

Rationing was based on four classifications.
An "A" classification (which included the majority of people) entitled you to four gallons a week.
A "B" classification equaled eight gallons a week. "C" was reserved for doctors and other crucial people and the rare "X" generally went to rich people and politicians.

Your ration sticker had to be displayed on the vehicle’s windshield. No sticker, no gas.

Gas rationing began Dec.1, 1942 and ended on Aug. 15, 1945.

To top it off, the maximum speed limit was 35 mph.

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