Ration stamps were widely used during World War II by both sides after hostilities caused interruption to the normal supply of goods. They were also used after the end of the war while the economies of the belligerents gradually returned to normal, ration stamps were also used to help maintain the amount of food one could hold at a time. This was so that one person would not have more food than the other, rationing has been perpetual in India since World War II. The type of card is an identifier to the benefit eligibility of the holder. This card is an important part of the Public distribution system in India, on the basis of their economic condition, people can buy goods like food grains, sugar and kerosene with the help of their ration cards. There are presently three types of cards, Antyodaya ration cards, issued to the poorest of the poor. Rationing was used in the United States during World War II, government funds provided to poverty stricken individuals by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are often referred to colloquially as food stamps. Rationing was widespread in the United Kingdom during World War II and it has been credited with greatly increasing public health. Fuel rationing did not end until 1950, ration cards were used in Peoples Republic of Poland in two periods, April 1952—January 1953 and August 1976—July 1989
First American food stamps, April 20, 1939.
German ration stamp for a person in holiday/vacation during World War II (5-day-stamp)