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I have recently come across an unused, original, WWII gas rationing decal meant for the windshield of an automobile. It is a series A sticker. Is there anyone who might be interested in this? Feel free to drop me an e-mail pbaisley@juno.com

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Speaking of ration stickers, did all cars have an 'A' decal, with a 'B' or 'C' added if appropriate? Or was each sticker a stand alone application?

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Speaking of ration stickers, did all cars have an 'A' decal, with a 'B' or 'C' added if appropriate? Or was each sticker a stand alone application? </div></div>

Seperate stickers, with only one displayed.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I have recently come across an unused, original, WWII gas rationing decal meant for the windshield of an automobile. It is a series A sticker. Is there anyone who might be interested in this? Feel free to drop me an e-mail pbaisley@juno.com </div></div>

Here is a website for a man who sells reproductions. The A sticker was the most common, and allowed 4 gallons of gas per week. B and C stickers allowed more gas, and were allotted to those who did war-essential duties, or were doctors, etc.

http://www.roberthoyt.net/gasration.html

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Very Cool Site !

Thanks, West.

I have a photocopy ( just the "A" side) of a ration sticker attached to the lower right windshield of my '41 De Soto ( I used clear packing tape from the inside... poor-man's solution!).

I get all sorts of comments from passers-by... from those "who remember" and those who ask "what's that "A" mean ?"

"Is this trip REALLY necessary?"

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Goes on top of glass in the middle I think,,,,We all hated the whole idea,,,rather not see em again,,,its just too soon,,,,,,Our local ration board chairman,,Mr,Stevens,,had a Detroit electric,,parked outside town hall,,with ALL the stickers,,A,B,C etc across the top,,,,at least he had humor !! Cheers,,Ben

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A 1926 Chrysler Model '58' I owned had an original "A" sticker on the upper part of the windshield near the center.

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:) Dec. 09 issue of Hemmings classic car had a large and vary interesting story of classic cars in war time. Acording to the story the A stisker was the most common and allowed two to six gal. per week. The most sought after was the X or unrestricted card issued to members of congress,Drs.,and nurses. President Roosevelts wife Eleanor demanded an A sticker for her car and would not comment on the need for an X. According to the story, new car production (in America) came to a halt in mid 1942 and the Gov. took possesion of about 520,000 to be rationed off for the war use. Many of the high ranking officers such as Eisenhower, Bradley and British Gen. Alexander had Packards Cadillacs and even a ford for ther use. At home here many things where rationed. I well remember the books of stamps we had to buy sugar or coffee and the little red tokens . God bless America.

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BTW> There are about a doz. war time pics. in the artical, I would cut them out and mail them if anyone wanted to post them for all to see.

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BTW> There are about a doz. war time pics. in the artical, I would cut them out and mail them if anyone wanted to post them for all to see.

Usually we can't post photos like that as they are copyrighted. But you could contact the magazine, or the photographer that took them, and maybe get permission to post them here.

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In The Big Sleep there is a scene where Bogey parks his Plymouth coupe outside an apartment house he is keeping under surveilance. At the beginning of the scene there are 2 stickers on the windshield at the end there are 3. Not sure what they are but at least 1 must be a ration sticker. They are on the right side of the windshield.

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My late father had an unlimited ration sticker.

After Pearl Harbor he tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps for pilot training but was told he was more valuable as an Electrical Engineer !

He headed-up the electrical teams as Chief Electrical Engineer at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Cramp Shipyard, and Electric Boat Co.

He had hundreds of designers, electricians and electrical workers working under him.

Because he needed to travel freely up and down the east coast From Phila, NY, CT and down South he got a new car and an unlimited rationing sticker.

He had all the gas he needed !

Many friends and neighbors did not like this one bit !

Fuel was not the only thing in short supply~

The big problem he said was getting new tires, battery, and engine lube oil.

He said there was a big black market on these items !

People hoarded everything !

There were big scrap metal drives everywhere !

That's were most of the great Antique and Classic cars went sadly !

Near the end of the war his car was stolen and it was never recovered !

The government loaned him a new Packard painted in Navy gray !

He was one of the very last to leave the Navy Yard after the war ended.

He was put in charge of designing & setting up the Navy Mothball storage Fleet's electronic cathodic corrosion protection storage system at the Phila Navy yard !

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