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Rationing - queues at horse butcher's shop

 rationing, queue outside horse butcher

It is often said that the British people 'love to queue', the saying may have its roots in the all-too-frequent queues which the population encountered when trying to obtain their weekly rations at the local butchers and other shops.

This heavily-retouched image shows fine examples of the fashions of the day, one of the most noticeable things about the image is the number of hats being worn by the people in the queue, an accessory which not many fashion-conscious people would wear today. All meat was rationed from 11 March 1940.

The photo shows one of the butchers on the Dudley Road in Birmingham.

Libraries Photo Archive - 1940s
Photographic and other Special Collections in Central Library
Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service
Digital Birmingham Photo Archive