Jim Suddon

Morningside, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jim Suddon who wrote:

Sweet Rations

"One had to have coupons to buy sweets.  They were cut out of your ration book at the point of sale, or else you were given the coupons to enable you to buy the sweets.  A coupon giving you two ounce of purchase power was a treasure.

I remember when it was announced that sweets would be coming off the ration, I argued against that as I felt that it would not work.  My parents laughed and I remember Mr MacDonald also laughing.  I felt that the rich would buy all the sweets and the poor would be left out.

'Rationing at least meant that you got your share' was how I figured it out.  Well, they did come off the ration and within days there was hardly a sweetie to buy left in the shops.  The Sunday Post reported that a businessman, with a car, had come into a sweetie shop with a suitcase and bought the entire stock. 

This was a talking point and businessmen, with cars, were regarded with suspicion.  The only item that was left in most shops, was crystallized ginger, which I now enjoy but at that time did not.

The Government bowed to pressure and put sweets back on the ration.  It seemed that a lack of sugar had restricted the manufacturers' ability to make extra supplies

I must have been a bit smug as I explained that things would only work under a rationing system and that I had been proved right. 

When, not so long after, they were again de-rationed they had sufficient back-up supplies to overcome the initial surge of demand."

Chocolate Machines

"My generation used to look at the empty chocolate machines which in the Waverley Station and other locations and wonder how it was possible to have such a system that would work.  Pre-war was another country to us and one which we did not understand."

Jim Suddon, Morningside, Edinburgh:  October 17, 2009


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