What Uncle Sam Asks of You
General Orders for the Home Front

From: State Defense Council, Subject files, 1940-1946, Series 419

This document was compiled by the Office of War Information in cooperation with State Defense Council of Florida. It explains the rationing system in place at the time.

What Uncle Sam Asks of You

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What Uncle Sam Asks of You


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Ration Books

Must be surrendered on entering armed services or leaving country. Illegal to possess lost or illegally transferred Ration Book. Persons who sell cars must turn in Gasoline Ration Book to Rationing Board. Consult War Price and Rationing Board.


On Gasoline Rationing Coupons – Holders of A, B, C, D, S-1, and S-2 book must write in ink on back of each Coupon his auto license number and “Fla.4” For Florida; regulation differ for fleet and E and R book holders.

Price Ceilings

Cost of Living Items

Most items frozen at highest March level; others at seasonal levels; some not frozen. Check up before you talk. Consult – Consumer Interest officers of Defense Council.


Illegal to accept or pay rents higher than were charged in Defense areas on the maximum rent date, as follows:

Jacksonville Area, Duval County, April 1, 1941
Gainesville-Starke Area, Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Jan. 1, ‘41
Key West Area, Monroe County, Oct. 1, 1941
Panama City Area, Bay County, March 1, 1942
Pensacola Area – Escambia County, March 1, 1942
Tampa Area, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, March 1, 1942
Valpariso Area, Okaloosa County, March 1, 1942
Apalachicola Area, Franklin, Gulf, March 1, 1942
Fort Myers Area, Lee County, March 1, 1942
Marianna Area, Jackson County, March 1, 1942
Orlando Area, Orange County, October 1, 1942
Sebring Area, Highlands County, March 1, 1942
Tallahassee Area, Leon County, March 1, 1942

Exceptions: Property with major capital improvements, not counting repairs, reconditions, etc. Eviction: Owner who needs premises for own use may evict tenant but purchaser since Oct. 20, 1942, must pay down at least one third price, not counting borrowed funds, apply for evic-