Note:  there are additional photos at the bottom associated with the rationing efforts.


Rayon Yarns - July - 1942

You girls have been asking for it haven't you  (A war job, we mean.)  Well, here it for the duration...greasing the skids for Hitler and the Japanese with the grease right out of your own kitchens.

So get yourself a pound size tin with a wide mouth (the kind your vegetable shortening on your coffee comes in is perfect.)  Scrub it out so it's clean.  Put it on the back of the stove where it's handy and warn the rest of the family, "Hands off! This is for grease salvage."

For grease salvage is your job... saving as much as you can of two billion pounds of grease which ordinarily go down the drain or out with the garbage.  When the Japanese took the Phillippines and Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, they also took away from us a good half of our imports of fats and oils.  We needed those fats and oils.....badly.

We needed them for food, and for paints and varnishes for planes, and tanks and guns and ships.  We needed them, too, for glycerine...not to make a sweet smelling hand lotion, but for explosives and gun powders and for medications.

With the greases ordinarily wasted in the kitchen, you can help, if you will, to make up in part for the loss of these imports.  That's why your Government is asking you to start right now to save every tiny drop of grease from roast ham, beef, lamb and poultry; all the drippings from broiled teaks, chops, veal and bacon; every ounce of lard or vegetable shortening in which you've cooked the doughnuts or the French fries or the fish or anything else you fry in deep fat.  (Of course, you're not expected to relinquish this deep fat until you've used it as many times as you wish.)

Strain these fats into your wide mouthed tin can.  Keep the can in your refrigerator or some other cool place until you've collected at least a pound of grease.  Be sure it doesn't grow rancid because then the glycerine content will be lessened.

When you have a pound or more of grease, take it to your meat dealer.  He has been ready for your supply since July 6 and he will pay you for it and start it on its patriotic way to our war industries.  (By the way, try not to take it on week-ends, because that's your butcher's busiest time.)

Saving kitchen grease isn't a very exciting job.  But the Nazis have been doing it every since the war began because they know how valuable it is to their war plans - their plans to beat us - and they think they will.  In a pig's eye, they will.  Our women know how to fight war, even over a kitchen stove. 

Women employees roll their own cigarettes while on break.  Note the sign on the vending machine: cigarettes were in short supply during the war.

In addition to gas being rationed, tires were difficult to obtain.   Here the Rayon Yarns cartoonist pokes fun at the difficulties or rationing.  Rayon employees were encouraged to not drive their cars in order to make their tires last as well as to save gas.  Bicycles increased as did Bus service to the plant.

Rayon Yarns - 
September-October 1942

Young America, moving swiftly to insure its stake in the future has mobilized an army of 30,000,000 school children and sent Scrap Salvage Patrols charging through homes and barns, garrets and cellars, farms and fields.

Anxious to assume a larger portion of the war burden, the youth of the nation promised not to let the President down .  Their youthful patriotism and enthusiasm led salvage officials to forecast that October 5 would be the biggest scrap collection since the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Old Hickory scrap drive was sponsored by the local American Legion . 

Kenneth Shropshire (son of Mr and Mrs. Uliss Shropshire, 1001 Clarke Street) and Lamar Shipman (son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Shipman, 1406 Lawrence Street) unload a varied assortment of salvage at the collection center.

Typical of homemakers throughout the nation, Mrs. E.D. James learns to buy sugar on a rationing basis.  There are four members to her family, and for the time being she is entitled to buy approximately 12 ounces per week for each one of them.   Rayon Yarns - March-1942