The “food scrapbook” I have chosen for this week is from 1944. This was a year when our country was at war on two fronts and our citizens at home were participating in any way that they could to assist in the war effort.
Many women were not at home cooking as they had been in the past because they were working the jobs that the men who had been shipped overseas usually worked. There was food rationing as well. The typical ingredients and staples that we have in our pantries were not readily available during wartime. So these women were working long, hard hours and having to be creative while cooking for their families at the same time. Makes us think of how spoiled we are, doesn’t it?
There is a very interesting page in the beginning of the book that addresses rationing and gives tips on alternatives…I’ll include a picture of that page. But first, some interesting 1944 info…
- New home- $3450.00
- Monthly rent- $50.00
- Yearly income- $2400.00
- Gallon of gas- $0.15
- Loaf of bread- $0.10
Can you imagine? Fifteen cents for a gallon of gas! Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Read on, you’ll see from the events of the year, that life was definitely difficult for families of the era…
- On June 6th D-Day commenced with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy, in France.
- Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation on August 25th.
- The Battle of the Bulge, one of the deadliest battles of World War II, began on December 16th.
- The United States bombed Tokyo for the first time with B-29 Super Fortress Bombers.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only President to be elected to a fourth term.
- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook Central New York.
- Popular films were Double Indemnity, Arsenic and Old Lace and Meet Me in St. Louis.
The above are just a few of the many war-related events of the year. Now, some pictures from the book…
Welcome back to 2015! I hope you enjoyed this week’s trip to 1944! ❤