OPA's Surprise

On a Sunday, the day before Christmas, OPA sprang its little surprise. By the time most housewives could get to the grocery store, their outstanding red and blue stamps would be worthless. Across the U.S. last week, the reaction was swift.

¶ An Oregon housewife, holding her temper firmly in check, sent her ration board a restrained greeting: "34 blue stamps, 34 red stamps. 15 Ibs. of sugar invalidated. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year."

¶ The New Dealing Atlanta Constitution thundered: "OPA has . . . broken faith with the American people. . . .

¶ In San Antonio,...

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