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Red Ration Tokens Lot of 10  OPA  Tax Tokens FUN STUFF MoRE AVAlLABLE

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This is a lot of 10 red OPA tokens from the 1940s. You will receive 10 of these in good condition. These measure about 9/16" in diameter and about 1/16" thick. Let me choose from the pile for you. I do have a few more of these. Let me know if you would like more than the amount listed.

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During World War II, the federal government initiated a new agency called the "Office of Price Administration." Its objectives included rationing of scarce commodities, price fixing on certain items to avoid speculation, and preventing runaway inflation during the war.
Each household was issued ration books based on a variety of factors: number of people in the household, ages, children under the age of 3, elderly, and handicapped. These ration booklets contained various small stamps which had no cash value, but were required to purchase food items — for example four "B" stamps for each pound of ground beef or five "A" stamps for a bag of sugar. All store items had a price marked as well as a ration book stamp requirement. So every purchase had to also include the right number of ration stamps.
Other items came under the OPA including tires and gasoline. Cars had to display a gasoline assignment sticker — A, B, or C, indicating the quantity of gas one could purchase at one time. Drivers were issued ration stamps to meet their needs; truckers and cab drivers got more than passenger cars. Some vehicles were forced to be out of service for the war due to a lack of stamps for tires and or gasoline.
The price of the item was not a factor in the use of these stamps. However, to make exact change, shopkeepers were issued small red and or blue tokens. They were made of a vulcanized fiber and were 16-mm in diameter. These basically were "small change" for stamps from ration books.
The blue tokens had a value of one point and had two letters and read "OPA Blue Point 1." There are 24 different letter combinations known for the blue tokens. The red tokens similarly read "OPA Red Point 1" and came in 30 different letter combinations. Some products required red tokens in change while other products required blue tokens as change.

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Red Ration Tokens Lot of 10 OPA Tax Tokens FUN STUFF MoRE AVAlLABLE


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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: paper, cardboard, vulcan fiber
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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