Here's an interesting little piece of history from World War II - a War Ration book. It's only the cover, because Mom used the stamps to buy rationed goods, like sugar, meat, and canned goods. I'm guessing that each family member could get one, because this book is for John Wise, my older brother. (He died before I was born.)
What I find fascinating are the instructions on the back, particularly the warning on the bottom half.
Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort. This book is your Government's guarantee of your fair share of goods made scarce by war, to which the stamps contained herein will be assigned as the need arises.
Any attempt to violate the rules is an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and discontent.
Such action, like treason, helps the enemy.
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."
That last rule is actually a good rule to follow at any time, not just wartime.
But I really DO need my Stanley Cup championship hat, tee-shirt, poster, fan chest, and Metro SmartCard. I mean, c'mon!