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Monday, October 24, 2011



Nella Last's diaries do not support the notion of a cake a week unless she had well producing hens for eggs and used no sugar. There was not enough lard and butter rations or flour. PS: I love her stories of how the families of potential brides and grooms saved their sugar rations to pool together for the wedding cake whether it was made at home or made by a baker. Bakers used customers points to make the cakes.

Kate in England

Even at the end of the war, the sugar allowance was 8oz per person per week, plus 2oz butter and 6oz margarine or lard (only 1 egg though), so in theory you could make a cake (especially if you assume there are several people in the household contributing their rations, too) if you didn't mind going without those things for the rest of the week. But just because you were allowed that much, didn't always mean you could get your hands on it. Supply varied enormously.

Thomas at My Porch

What a great newsreel, thanks for posting it. Sugar is the one thing that would have been most difficult for me. I could use a little sugar rationing in my life. Other things like tea (or coffee), beer, and tobacco don't interest me in the slightest so maybe I could have done some trading to up access to sugar...


Daughter's elocution lessons would definitely have been 'on the points'!
Great clip.
And yes the short hair is a surprise. Perhaps she was in a run of Shaw's 'Joan' at the time of shooting........

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