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From volume 1, issue #34, dated Feb 7th, 1943

There was much more for the little woman back home to worry about this week. The "powers that be" put the kibosh on automatically sliced bread for the duration, causing many a housewife to turn the attic upside down in search for grandmother's breadknife. Then the Government came back with another announcement. It said that the average man and woman in civvies will get only 13 pounds of butter this year, compared to the 17 pounds during normal times.

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Yank Archive curator's comments:

Americans now consume a little over 5 pounds of butter per person per year. (See this). And can anyone explain how not selling sliced bread would help the war effort? I understand rationing fuel and metals, but would the incremental savings from not slicing bread really make a meaningful difference?

About newsbites: Each issue of Yank had dozens of short reports on events from the home­front as well as the battle­front. They provide a fas­cinat­ing glimpse into life during the war.


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