|Description:||Iris Corbett and Nina Goldthorpe|
|Collection:||1948 Olympics: Then & Now|
|Contributor:||Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk|
|Rights:||Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk|
There were different categories of ration coupons. ABC coupons were tinned goods, such as fruit or salmon. Depending on the quality of the food, more points would need to be spent. An ‘A’ tin was 1 point, a ‘B’ tin was 2 points and a ‘C’ tin was 3 points. People spent their meat rations at the local butchers and would save up their coupons to have a nice Christmas dinner. If you were lucky, you could get quarter of a pound of liver.
When Iris was married, she was earning about £5 a week, the same as her husband who had finished a six-year apprenticeship and had gone onto a man’s wage. To supplement their earnings, Iris and her family were members of the Co-op. Each time they shopped there, they would collect a book of little cheques and twice a year would get an amount of money (or ‘dividend’) according to how much they had spent. People, especially families, would rely on this money and wait for the payment to come around again.