These certificates are fuel oil ration certificates issued in 1943 as part of the WWII rationing program administered by the United States Office of Price Administration. They were issued to Abbie F. Stevens of Waltham, Massachusetts in 1942 and were used between November 1942 and April 1943. Each certificate had coupons attached to each side, which Stevens would have exchanged for oil and gasoline. There is also a log on each certificate that documents the dates and amounts of deliveries received by Stevens. These certificates were issued in connection with one’s place of residence, so if Stevens moved, she would forfeit these certificates and presumably acquire new certificates in connection with her new address. As a bureaucratic form, the fuel oil ration certificates fulfill several streamlining functions, including streamlining (1) the delivery of fuel, (2) records for the distribution and receipt of fuel, and (3) the exchange of ration allotments. As the war carried on, more commodities were rationed, and the forms involved in managing the rationing system proliferated. Moreover, the forms were specially designed and regularly updated to combat counterfeiting and forgery. These certificates, for instances, are printed on specially marked paper with an official Office of Price Administration stamp. They are also marked with a unique identification number. Producing and regulating the various forms and coupons intended to streamline the exchange of commodities, including fuel, but also cleaning supplies, cooking supplies, meat, rubber, and more constituted a massive bureaucratic operation.
Find Application for Basic "a" or "d" Mileage Ration: For Passenger Automobiles or Motorcycles Only in the UNT Libraries.