Both my father and mother were born in 1915. That may seem like a long, long time ago, but it isn't even 100 years ago. They grew up during The Great Depression. They were married in 1936 and my brother was born in 1939. Then my father enlisted and went to fight in Europe. Nearly all of the young men in America fought in WW II. The women were left to take over the jobs vacated by the men who were fighting.
My mother worked in a factory that built airplanes for the military.
She and my brother survived the incredible restrictions placed on Americans during the war.
To find out more about rationing, ration books, scrap drives and more, visit this link: http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/events/rationing.htm
Americans at home were encouraged to cut back on everything. I remember my mother talking about stockpiling toilet paper. Growing up, the last of 9 children, their family didn't have much. Her father worked for a wealthy man, taking care of and training his horses for sulkie racing, or harness racing. They lived on property and mother learned to garden and can the produce. During WW II, Americans were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens.
Let's help ourselves and each other and make thoughtful choices before we buy something or throw something in the trash. Personal and natural resources are limited. Let's protect them both.