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Do you remember food rationing?

Well no, I don't really...I only remember the… I remember the stamps, they used to have the stamps for the clothes that’s all.

One thing people mostly mention is the tea ration, you don’t remember anything?

Ah, the cups of tea…

Were you a big tea drinker? Did you miss that?

I don’t think so.

we used to have the…

Oh, they used to have shell cocoa, yeah, and now when we lived in Blackhall Parade there used to be a big iron kettle on the fire making the shell cocoa and you know you put the shell cocoa into water and actually my sister knocked it over one time and ended up scalded, she ended up in the Richmond Hospital for two weeks. She knocked it over.

Gosh. But that didn’t taste as nice as the real cocoa sure it didn’t?

No, I didn’t like it, no.


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Wartime rationing

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"May Smullen remembers wartime rationing." Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives, Item #330 (accessed March 20 2018, 7:41 pm)