Ration books were issued to individuals and misuse of them was punishable with jail and fines. The books contained stamps permitting the purchase of a limited number of the rationed items. Out of stamps? Out of luck until the next book came. Rationed items included, but were not limited to cars, bicycles, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene, solid fuels, rubber footwear, shoes, sugar, coffee, meats and many canned foods. It was an efficient system that put a crimp in hoarding by the general population.