|Object ID #||1975.026.026|
|Object Name||Token, Ration|
|Title||Canada Ration Meat Tokens|
|Lexicon category||8: Communication Artifact|
|Year Range from||1942|
|Year Range to||1947|
|Made||Government of Canada|
|Place of Origin||Canada|
This is a group of six blue-coloured pressed wood meat ration token discs (W.W.#2, starting 1942, rationing ended in 1947). The discs are each one inch in diameter and have a central hole that allows them to be strung on string or whatever. Pressed lettering reads "CANADA RATION MEAT VIANDE".
The meat tokens are from the Second World War time period, when meat was rationed and civilians had to reduce their consumption of it. This group of tokens was kept at Owen Sound, Ontario after the war by the Lowther family.
Rationing was in effect from 1942-1946 (and formally ended in 1947). The last Canadian ration books were produced in 1946.
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
Lowther, Charles W.
World War II
|Function||More research is needed, but museum staff have been told that when a civilian used their ration coupons during the Second World War, sometimes the quantity was more than someone needed. One had to turn in his or her coupon, but tokens like this acted as "change" so that you could later get the rest of of your allotted commodity. There were also green and yellow discs. One visitor who saw these said that after the war, children also liked to make necklaces out of these items.|