WWI food rationing posters (1917-1919)

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Be patriotic--sign your country's pledge to save the food
Be patriotic--sign your country's pledge to save the food

Eat more corn, oats and rye products (1917)

Fish and poultry — fruits, vegetables and potatoes — baked, boiled and broiled foods

EAT LESS wheat, meat, sugar and fats… To save for the army and our allies

Eat more corn, oats and rye products 1917


Your sugar ration is 2 lbs. per month (1917)

We must confine our consumption of Sugar to not more than 2 lbs. per person per month in order to provide a restricted ration to England, France and Italy. This store is pledged to conform to the sugar regulations of the US Food Administration.

Your sugar ration is 2 lbs. per month (1917)


Save food & serve the cause of freedom (1917)

1. Wheat – use more corn

2. Meat – use more fish and beans

3. Fats – use just enough

4. Sugar – use syrups.

1917-save-food


Bread: “Save a loaf a week – help win the war” (1918)

Save a loaf a week - help win the war


Food – don’t waste it (1917)

1: Use less wheat and meat, 2: Buy local foods, 3: Serve just enough, 4: Use what is left.

1917-dont-waste-food

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Save food and defeat frightfulness

“America — the hope of all who suffer — the dread of all who wrong.” – Whittier

Save food and defeat frightfulness 1917


Eat more fish

Save the products of the land. Eat more fish — they feed themselves

1917-Save the products of the land-Eat more fish


Using sugar

1. None on fruits; 2. none in desserts; 3. Less on cereals; 4. less in coffee and tea; 5. Less in preserving; 6. Less cake & candy; 7. Use other sweeteners.

Save sugar - 1918


Sugar means ships (1917)

The consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks must be reduced. For your beverages 400 million lbs. of sugar were imported in ships last year. Every ship is needed to carry soldiers and supplies now.

Sugar means ships


Corn – the food of the nation

Serve some way every meal – appetizing, nourishing, economical

Corn - the food of the nation


Be patriotic: Sign your country’s pledge to save the food

Be patriotic--sign your country's pledge to save the food

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