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    Hi all,

    I have an archive source about wages of Czechoslovak airmen serving in the RAF according to their ranks.
    I am interested in WWII prices of common things an airman would like to buy on daily basis like newspapers, cigarettes, pint of bear, some basic food or meal during vacations, sweets, ticket (cinema, theater, dancing) etc. Also how much was the petrol for their private cars?
    I am looking for any good and reliable source. I have found one good in the past but I have not stored the link (stupid) and I am unable to locate it again.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    Try:
    http://primaryfacts.com/2482/world-w...d-information/
    http://www.worldwar2facts.org/world-...rationing.html
    http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/rationing2.html

    I was born 1936, so I grew up during UK WW2 rationing. My mother was a nurse, so she knew a reasonable amount about diet, vitamins, etc, etc. We grew lots of our own veg, and kept bees. She also helped to nurse the aged rellies of the local butcher (say no more!). I never went hungry in WW2. There were very few obese persons in WW2 (as opposed to now!). I grew up to be reasonably fit and healthy – along with most of the blokes/blokesses of my age.

    There was little, or no, “civil” petrol (doctors, etc). Allied (non-US!) servicemen did not have many cars. Beer was not rationed, but its alcoholic level was fairly weak (and got weaker!). Visiting servicemen, off base, paid the same price as the local UK civilians. Cigarettes varied. Better to have a ‘black market contact’ near a USAAF base (if you could stand their ‘toasted’ tobacco!!)! The local, UK, fags were often described as being made from ‘HM&TT’ – Horse Muck and Tram Tickets!! But they were still smoked by the millions (lung cancer was not yet widely known as a result!!).
    Hope this helps!

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    Pavel

    This has individual prices for any year:

    https://www.hillarys.co.uk/back-in-my-day/

    It's a curtain and furnishings company website (!), but it seems to have a pretty good list of houselhold items to compare prices on. Can't comment on how accurate it is, but it seems pretty comprehensive, especially the groceries which you list individually.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Peter and Simon, thank you both for info + links, I will check them out.

    @ Peter - ass for your comment "Allied (non-US!) servicemen did not have many cars." I was thinking the same until I have found a list of 311 Sq private cars from 1941 containing 72 cars+ motocycles what have suprised me!

    Pavel
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    Hi all once more, having a long sleepless night but finally I was able to find out again the link I have seen around 2014!
    Just for possible interest:
    https://ne-diary.genuki.uk/Bck/Popular.html

    Pavel
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