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What is the value of World War 2 ration books with all the unused stamps intact?

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Answered 2014-08-12 18:24:50

World War 2 Ration Books

  • The war ration was not very high. The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, whereas partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable.

    The sentimental value is of more value, as it reminds people of the struggles and their contribution to the war effort.

  • I agree completely with the sentimental value when finding out that in 1945+, one had to use these stamps to purchase food. Families also had to do an inventory of what they had in their pantry, and they would have to actually subtract their stamps from the book, based on their inventory.
  • Rationing ended in 1945; ration stamps obviously have no objective economic value. But they are collected by some people, so they have subjective collectible value. The best way to find the current going prices would be to search eBay auctions for stamps like yours.
  • Fewer of the ration stamps were used in Books 2 & 3, making them less valuable.

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I think there about like around 50$-100$ I'm not sure though my dad has one but got it when he was 18.


Food ration stamps were good for flour, sugar, milk, etc. Also gas,


They used their ration stamps. They drove slowly to save gas and tires.


I HAVE THREE USA WAR RATION BOOK ONE: TWO WAR RATION BOOK TWO; TWO WAR RATION BOOK NO. THREE AND THREE WAR RATION BOOK FOUR. SOME ONLY HAVE A FEW STAMPS AND SOME FULL AND NEARLY FULL SHEETS OF STAMPS. WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED AND WHAT PRICE RANGE? MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS jmsterling56@hotmail.com


Depended on the item, and how many ration stamps FOR THAT ITEM that the person had. Quantities of rationed items varied, but were very limited.


Perhaps you are referring to War Stamps. These could be purchased for a few cents each and when a book was filled, exchanged for a War Bond.


Some of the pictures portrayed the purpose of the stamps for people who could not read. They also sometimes told stories that showed the importance of fair rationing.


A ration stamp or ration card is a stamp or card issued by a government to allow the holder to obtain food or other commodities that are in short supply during wartime or in other emergency situations. Ration stamps were widely used during World War II by both sides after hostilities caused interruption to the normal supply of goods. They were also used after the end of the War while the economies of the belligerents gradually returned to normal.


Rationing was controlled by the use of ration stamps, so as to limit the amount of certain products citizens could buy.


Because of the great amount of food that had to be alloted to U.S. servicemen in this country and overseas during World War Two (Over 16 million) -- and the food that had to be sent to our allies -- there was a shortage of many types of food here in this country. Those types of foods then had to be rationed -- there were only varying amounts available at any given time. The only way to make sure that every American citizen was able to buy their fair share of the rationed foods was by coupons. A family or a person would periodically be alloted a book of coupons (called Ration Stamps).I can't remember how often the ration stamp books were distributed -- maybe once a month When people went to the store to buy food thay would have to redeem the ration stamps for (only)those foods considered in short supply. The greater amount of the shortage type foods purchased -- the more stamps you had to turn in. You could spend all your ration stamps right away or parcel them out over a period of time. When they were gone -- they were gone. You didn't get any more until you got your next book of ration stamps. vcs


Ration stamps controlled the amount of food and supplies people could have so they wouldn't run out because food and supplies were also being sent to the soldiers in WWII. So rationing was just used to make sure the soldiers and civilians all had enough! :)


They are pretty rare now so you could donate them to a local museum that has WW2 items, sell them on EBay, or keep them.


If the stamps are unused as in been stuck down but never franked or cancelled in any way then they will be classed as "very fine used" and if they are in "mint" condition, i.e. still retain their original gum on the reverse side, they will be worth a bit more. However, in this case, these stamps were acquired in their millions and therefore, only have limited value, probably upto a maximum of £3.00, even as a set.


The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable. The sentimental value is of more worth, as it reminds people of the struggles and their contribution to the war effort.


The war ration stamps are very common and the demand for them in the collector's circle is not very high. A complete book might get $10, partial books and single stamps are not going to be anywhere near as valuable. The sentimental value is of more worth, as it reminds people of the struggles and their contribution to the war effort.


They are of limited value, as there were so many of them created and distributed. A few dollars is the most people are willing to pay for a book.


there were clothing coupons in different colour and each person was allowed to one coupon at a time. They also had the person's name on it to identify that it waz their book. It also had stamps because black market were arising so the government stated that they should put stamps on the coupons after buying them


Well, it looks like on eBay there are a variety of sales prices, anywhere from about $5 to $130 or so for several full ration books. So, I suppose that it depends on the collection that you are trying to value... how big it is, in what kind of condition, etc.


Go to this web page and bring up each book. example book 2 the stamps have a M on them ,that was for meat: http://www.scvs.com/stamp/exhib/ration/ Ration books were used in WW2. The government rationed food so we could feed our soldiers at war and feed civilians at the same time. Ration stamps came inside the book and had to be presented so you could actually buy rationed goods. Some goods were: canned foods, sugar, eggs, coffee, sugar, meats. Without a ration stamp, you could not buy rationed foods. There were very strict rules about exactly how to use them. Try searching "ration Books" , there are many sites which include more information.


During World War II, many supplies that we take for granted were in very short supply, mostly because they were needed by the military. Gasoline, tires, butter, and many other goods were not readily available. As a means of promoting "fairness" in the distribution of scarce supplies, a ration card system was imposed. Thus, ration cards are cards or stamps that allowed the government to ration out food and supplies to that card or stamp holder when they were in short supply.


You might be able to get a few dollars for it from someone looking for World War 2 memorabilia. Book 4 was a sort of catch all for things like tires and shoes and not one used often. A few dollars to the right collector. Everyone that lived in the US was issued ration books, so they are pretty common. Finding one with a lot of stamps left in it is much harder. That would mean that the person didn't use their stamps to buy goods.


Well the stamp by it's self is worth no more than a dime so on a book WITH A SPINE INTACT it might be a half dollar also depending one what book it is book one is more rare than book two or three.The condition os a factor obvously the the better condion would sell for more.another thing is the cover does it have one is it still attaced, what about the backing is it still there .Also less of the ration stamps were used in books two & three making them less valuble.i can't tell you mutch but I can tell you that it could be anywhere from thrity cents to a dollar and a half.


Food could have been used as currency in World War 2. Since most of the food went to those in the service, the government gave out food ration stamps, which acted as currency.


Ration books were handed out during the World War 2, to help ration food, fuels & other important products.


The Food Rationing Program began in the spring of 1942, in order to help conserve the gas, food goods, and even clothing available. There was no set amount of stamps each person was given but rather they were decided by the size of the family.



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