Ration Card for Meals

Felsberg, 1942

When the First World War broke out, Switzerland was completely unprepared for a severe supply shortage. The country experienced its last hunger crisis.

At the beginning of World War II, the Swiss had learned from their mistakes: foodstuffs and consumer goods were rationed. From then on, these products could only be purchased when corresponding stamps were handed in. In this way, the state ensured an even distribution and prevented speculation.

Henceforth, food stamps were among the most important documents in every household. The coupons on display for full or half-meal portions were distributed to the population at the end of 1942.