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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 08:20 pm
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Lee B

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Bob D wrote: I wonder if the letters were used as part of the rationing effort?

With all the metal, rubber, fuel, etc going towards the war effort it’s surprising any private vehicles were allowed.  I used to have a couple of ration books that my mom saved, but have no idea where they are now.

I don't think the plate markings had anything to do with gas ration ratings as they varied by state and the gas ration sticker types were nationwide.

You could own a civilian car during WW2; the government wasn't seizing them. In May of 1942, the U.S. Office of Price Administration (OPA) rationed gasoline on the east coast, then nationwide that December to assist in the war effort. Gas rationing had different classifications, noted by the stickers that had to be on the windshield of every car on the road:

  • The “A” sticker was the most common and was issued to the general public. To get the sticker, you had to certify that you needed gasoline and that you owned no more than 5 tires, which were also rationed during the war.

  • The “B” sticker was issued to business owners. It allowed them to get more fuel for their business vehicles.

  • The "C" sticker was issued primarily to professional people such as medical, clergy and construction or maintenance workers. The “C” sticker had a list of 17 different occupations and check boxes at the bottom of the form that the person had to check off to qualify for the sticker. The “C” sticker was probably the most common one used during the war, as many people tried to qualify to get more gasoline. However, after the war, most “C” sticker users scraped them off their windshields, as they didn't want everyone to know they’d gotten more gas than the “A card” holders during the war.

  • The "M" sticker was issued to motorcycle owners. This included telegraph delivery and other messenger services who used motorcycles for their business and usually had to prove a business case for that.

  • The "T" sticker was issued to commercial truck drivers.

  • The "X" sticker was issued in special instances for high mileage type jobs such as traveling salesmen, people in government or the defense industries.

Last edited on Thu Mar 29th, 2018 09:06 pm by Lee B

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