A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WARTIME HOUSEWIFE: EVERYDAY LIFE IN LONDON, ENGLAND, 1941: A shopkeeper stamps Mrs Day's ration book during her shopping trip on the Kings Road in Chelsea. In the foreground can be seen the tea, sugar, 'national butter', margarine, cooking fats and bacon she is allowed for one week.
Sweet Rationing, WW2... In 1946, when food was just as short as during the preceding years, bread was added to the ration and the sweet ration was halved. Sweet rationing, which began in 1940, was to continue for another 13 years for residents of Britain.
Shoppers queuing for fish in South London, 1945; Not all foods were rationed. Fruit and vegetables were never rationed but were often in short supply, especially tomatoes, onions and fruit from overseas. Supplies were sometimes so limited that some shops operated more like a kiosk, with their entrances shuttered up and just a window open from which the goods were sold. Fish queues were notoriously long.