Sewing Kit In A Tin (Clothing Ration Book)
This Sewing kit contains cotton reels, a tape measure, needles, pins, safety pins and buttons. Everything you need to get going or make that emergency repair. The tin it comes in refers back to the rationing era the Second World War (and just after) and the ‘Make Do And Mend’ ethos of that time, using original artwork and ration book numbers to recreate a Clothing Rations Book from 1946-1947.
Dimensions: 14.5 x 20.8 x 4.5cm
The UK government instituted periods of rationing several times in the 20th Century in response to shortages, usually of imported items. Under the regime, people were issued with a ration book (coupons) to exchange for produce. They had to register in advance at certain shops to redeem them, so that the shopkeeper could be provided with sufficient stock to supply its registered customers. The major incidences were during and after the two major World Wars. Rationing towards the end of the First World War made a significant contribution to the war effort and recipe books of the time demonstrated the communal spirit it engendered. When the Second World War began in 1939, the UK imported around 70% of its food and it a key aim of the enemy to attack this supply. As a result, rationing continued for nearly a decade after the war ended – finally concluding in 1954.