Exit the Can Opener

To chalky, dingy schoolhouses last week trudged 35 million bewildered U.S. householders to stand in impatient lines for their second ration books, to get a lesson in wartime living and the ways of Washington.

Few citizens admitted having more than the permitted five packages of 250-odd point-rationed frozen, canned and dried foods. Many of the rest overlooked what every grocer knew: that the previous month's buying spree had loaded many a cupboard full up. Only one person in a thousand could remember how much coffee he had three months earlier or think of...

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