• “Banquet for 7th War Bond Drive,” Atlanta, Georgia, 1959. Courtesy of the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Banquet for 7th War Bond Drive
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    • 1959-12-21
    • Creator
    • Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield is seated, left. Envelope description: Wiedman and Singleton; Water Works; Bob Kauffman. Local identification number: LBCB119-017a. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special... more
      Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield is seated, left. Envelope description: Wiedman and Singleton; Water Works; Bob Kauffman. Local identification number: LBCB119-017a. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBCB119-017a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item i... more
      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBCB119-017a, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). less
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  • “Bob Hope visit for 6th War Bond Drive,” Atlanta, Georgia, 1944. Courtesy of the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Bob Hope visit for the 6th War Bond Drive
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    • 1944
    • Creator
    • Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • Envelope description: Hope, Bob; Golf; 6th War Bond Drive; [Junior League of Atlanta]. Local identification number: LBPE2-011b. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State... more
      Envelope description: Hope, Bob; Golf; 6th War Bond Drive; [Junior League of Atlanta]. Local identification number: LBPE2-011b. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBPE2-011b, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is ... more
      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBPE2-011b, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). less
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  • A War Bond drive at a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia, 1943. Courtesy of the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    War Bond Drive (Grocery)
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    • 1943
    • Creator
    • Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • See LBME3-046a. Envelope description: Atlanta; General; [(a)Erlanger Theatre; (b,c)Roxy Theatre; (d,e)War Bonds and Stamps]. Local identification number: LBGPF8-029d. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special ... more
      See LBME3-046a. Envelope description: Atlanta; General; [(a)Erlanger Theatre; (b,c)Roxy Theatre; (d,e)War Bonds and Stamps]. Local identification number: LBGPF8-029d. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBGPF8-029d, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is... more
      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBGPF8-029d, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). less
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  • “How to Shop With Ration Book Two,” 1941-1945. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    How to Shop with War Ration Book Two
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    • Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. 3/9/1943-9/15/1945.
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    • Unrestricted.
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Bonds and Rations

The sale of US Government Defense Savings Bonds, or “war bonds,” helped the United States government raise billions of dollars for the war effort and combat inflation. Bonds were sold at a discount, and were ultimately cashed in when they reached maturity after the war. The sale of war bonds were promoted by celebrities, who appeared at bond rallies to encourage their purchase.

City dwelling consumers and grocers in Georgia found that food supplies and consumer essentials were increasingly hard to come by. Grocers tried to limit hoarding by raising prices; customers complained over the inflated price of goods. Ultimately, in 1942, rationing was implemented nationally by the Office of Price Administration to protect consumers and ensure that materials needed for the war effort were available.

Beginning in March of 1943, canned fruits and vegetables were rationed. Although most rural residents of Georgia were already growing their own food and canning their own produce, urban and suburban families were encouraged to plant “victory gardens” and to can produce at home. Victory gardens and home canning made it possible for produce to be used for the Allied war effort, reduced the use of tin, and eased the strain on transporting foodstuffs.