Description

In this extract Seamus Marken talks about food rationing during world war two, in particular he remembers the black market for tea which was heavily rationed in Ireland.

Item Type

Moving Image

Transcription

So you remember food rationing then?

You better believe it! The only thing that we were rationed on was tea.

Was there a black market for it?

You better believe it… on Moore Street! If you turn that off I’ll tell you a good story about the tea that I can’t tell you…

That’s okay…

I’ll tell you afterwards!

Okay, grand.

Oh yeah there was a black market, tea… the maximum price it reached as far as I remember, was 30 shillings, £1 10 shillings, that was a lot of money for a pound of tea at the time, like, it varied from, say, £1 up to… but there was all sorts of ways and means of getting tea, you know.

Like what? What kind of ways and means?

Well I can't tell you... I’m not going to tell you now!

Duration

13:54.9 - 14:56.1

About this item

Subject

WW2, Rationing

Provenance

11.30.2007

Date Added

05.08.2009

Citation

"Seamus Marken remembers food rationing during WW2.." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #166 (accessed September 22 2017, 2:00 am)