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  • World War II on the home front: Rationing: During World War II, the United States asked citizens at home to cut back on food, fuel, shoes, and consumer goods and to turn in scrap metal, rubber, paper, and even used cooking grease for recycling. Photographs, posters, and artifacts tell the story. (Page 18)

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canning demonstration photo

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A woman’s hand, protected by a towel, removes the ring from a sealed home-canned jar of peaches. From an instructional book on home canning, produced by the U.S. Office of War Information. “Steel-saving glass-top jars recommended by the War Production Board, Containers Division, for home canning of the Victory garden fruits and vegetables in 1943. Second step is to place the lid directly on top of the ring on the jar mouth which must be smooth, even and clean. To make a snug seal, lid and ring are screwed down with the threaded steel band.”