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This Day in History In 1942: Gasoline Rationing Began To Help The War Effort

A national speed limit of 35 miles an hour also was promoted as “Victory Speed.”

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This was the American World War Two Ration Book 3. The first books were released in 1942 and more were released through 1943. It continued throughout the war. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

This was the American World War Two Ration Book 3. The first books were released in 1942 and more were released through 1943. It continued throughout the war. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

Gas prices are a frequent cause for consumer complaint — but at least purchases aren’t restricted, as they were beginning this month in 1942. That’s when 17 states began rationing gasoline to help the war effort, according to Census.gov.

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By December, rationing was nationwide and remained in effect until the end of World War II, along with a national speed limit of 35 miles an hour, which was promoted as “Victory Speed.”

 

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