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Civil Defence and Food Office staff preparing food.

Civil Defence and Food Office staff preparing food.
Civil Defence and Food Office staff preparing food.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3560
Description: Beef, pork and lamb were all rationed and very difficult to get hold of during World War II. People had to be inventive with their sources of food. Many kept rabbits, chickens and pigeons. For many people, however, their main source of meat was from tins. From the outbreak of war in 1939 millions of tins of processed meat, deboned and compacted, were shipped from the USA and Argentina. Spam had arrived in Britain.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1939-45
Credit line: Southwark Library collection.
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