Town And Farm In War-Time

January 18, 1945

Mileage Rationing Records — Ceiling Prices On Cattle

A Weekly News Digest prepared by Office of War Information News Bureau

V-Mail Use Urged By Army And Navy

The Army and Navy are asking all civilians to make greater use of the V-Mail in writing to service men this year as a direct help in conserving critically needed transport space and as a means to providing fighting men with more frequent and faster communication from home. Great stress is placed by military officials on the value to soldiers and sailors of frequent letters, which is more possible by the use of V-Mail. The fact that there are more men overseas disallows of the consistent sending of regular mail by airplane and this type of mail is frequently held up for lack of space, the military authorities say. The V-mail filming process assures correspondents of privacy of contents, military postal officials point out.

“Mileage Rationing Records” Needed

All operators of passenger cars with basic “A” ration must have “mileage rationing records” to be eligible to apply for other gasoline rations, the Office of Price Administration points out. Without this important record no motorist may be issued a “B” or “C” supplemental ration. In the recent reregistraion of the nation’s 23,00,000 basic “A” ration holders, each registrant was issued one of the mileage record forms. The form replaces the old tire rationing record, on which was kept a list of issued gasoline rations. In cases where a motorist was not issued a mileage rationing record or had his lost or destroyed, he should immediately apply to his local board for a duplicate, OPA states.

Cattle Ceiling Expected To Aid Housewife

The directive of Economic Stabilization Director Fred M. Vinson to place ceiling prices on live cattle should be a boon to housewives and dealers in helping them get their fair share of all grades of beef at fair prices, Price Administrator Chester Bowles declares.

“Live cattle represented the only important food commodity that was not under ceiling prices,” he said. As prices of better grade animals rose and beef ceiling prices held stable, a large percentage of odd and choice grades of cattle went to a minority of slaughterers selling meat above ceiling prices. Legitimate slaughterers and ordinary butcher shops got less than their usual share of quality beef. Our entire program of meat price control was in danger of a breakdown. Price controls on meat have now been strengthened at the starting point- live cattle. As a citation of the value of price controls Bowles pointed out that in this war the price of round steak at the meat market has risen only 11 1/2 per cent whereas in the World War in the same length of time the price advanced over 50 per cent.



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