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Sep. 9th, 2011

I already knew about the rationing that went on in Britain during the Second World War. I remember Mum telling me that sweets were rationed until long after the War, until 1953.

Many other foodstuffs were rationed, and there were also restrictions on things like clothes, soap and paper.

I didn't realize that there was also a ban on the production of ice cream, from 1942 until 1945. During the war years, cinema-going was very popular - think of the escapism afford by some of the films of the day - but cinemas suffered financially when they couldn't provide ice cream to enhance the punters' viewing pleasure.

I can't imagine things like this - that we take utterly for granted - being restricted.

Can you? Can any member here remember what it was like?



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Sep. 9th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I can certainly imagine it. I can't say I'd like it.

But every day when I'm cooking, I think about the astonishing quantity and variety of food we have-- it really is unprecedented.
Sep. 9th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
It is! We can get as much as we want of ANYTHING, from anywhere in the world.
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