Seeing we have flown through 1939, 1940 qnd 1941 at an alarming speed, with the jew-hatred [and christian hatred] and anti-semitism, can the rest of the 1940’s history be far behind depleting our rights under an
Obama martial law plan?…
Brakes Put on “Pleasure Driving”
By Bob Marcotte D&C
Rationing made an impact on Rochester in 1943
At one point the calls were coming in at the rate of one a minute to the Rochester Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
People were asking questions like:
“Can I drive my daughter to her accordion teacher for lessons?”
“Can I drive to Brockport to see my insurance agent?”
“Is it all right to drive to a lodge meeting for an installation of officers?”
To which you might be tempted to reply, “Of course, it’s all right. Why wouldn’t it be?”
But in January 1943 the answer to all these questions was a resounding “No!”
That’s the month Americans in 17 eastern states and the District of Columbian were told they would no longer be allowed to drive their cars for pleasure – not to the movies, not to a hockey game, not to a lodge meeting, and certainly not to accordion lessons.
This outright ban on pleasure driving was imposed to help conserve gasoline and rubber tires for the war effort.
Violators risked having their gasoline ration either reduced or taken away altogether.
Bottom line: “If it’s fun, it’s out.”
4 gallons a week
As noted in two previous columns, U.S. entry into World War II led to the rationing of several commodities that were vital to the war effort.
Gasoline rationing began in the eastern states in 1942 after German submarines began taking a heavy toll of oil tankers in the Atlantic, some just off the East Coast. In addition, the Japanese occupation of Indonesia deprived us of our main source of rubber, so gasoline rationing – and the subsequent reduction in miles traveled — also was seen as a way to reduce the demand for tires.
Once gasoline rationing was imposed, car owners were classified in such categories as A, B, or C depending on their relative importance to the war effort, and were allotted gasoline coupons accordingly. Most average motorists fell in the A category and for much of the war were allowed only 4 gallons a week – enough to drive only 60 miles a week, given the relative lack of fuel efficiency of the vehicles driven in those days.
Eventually gasoline rationing was extended nationwide. Highway speed limits were reduced to 35 miles per hour. Taxicab drivers were not allowed to “cruise” for fares. Stores cut back on deliveries. Milk deliveries were made every other day instead of daily.
But the ban on pleasure driving, which lasted for eight months, was by far the most severe measure.
Fourteen local agents of the federal Office of Price Administration (OPA) wasted no time in enforcing the ban. The very first night, on Thursday, Jan. 7, they “seized ration books of several concert goers at the Eastman Theatre and took the names and license numbers of other automobile operators attending the performance of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,” the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Local police departments and sheriff’s offices also kept watch for violators. However, rather than attempt to seize ration books, they were asked to simply note license plate numbers and send them to the OPA office for further investigation.
In the first five days, 55 ration books were seized by OPA agents and 226 license plate numbers of suspected violators were turned in by police.
(Next week: The impact of the ban was dramatic.) http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120226/NEWS0204/302270016/Bob-Marcotte