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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
Description 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".
Provenance 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.
Collection Currency Collection
Material Wood Fibre/Dye
Dimensions Dia-2.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People 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.