The people who remained at home during World War II did not simply sit idle while their loved ones were fighting overseas. Instead, they worked overtime in the factories, participated in rationing efforts, and volunteered time to help others. Practically everyone was involved in the war effort in one way or another and many people’s roles were changing. Housewives entered the workforce in droves to fill the manpower shortage when the soldiers were called to duty. Boy Scouts now were involved in metal and war bond drives. Governmental agencies printed pamphlets offering advice on what to do during air raids and other war-related catastrophes, as well as brochures which suggested recipes based on rationed goods.

Ration Book

Newspapers printed ads from companies which encouraged people in their local war efforts and praised the soldiers for the sacrifices they were making. All in all, the victory obtained by the Allied forces at the end of World War II was due to the combined endeavors of both the soldiers and those on the home front.

Victory Garden


Victory gardens were considered an important contribution to the war effort. People were encouraged to grow their own food instead of relying on farmers that were responsible for cultivating much of the provisions for the soldiers. The publication shown here was printed to instruct those at home in how to create a victory garden, how to prepare meals on rations, and on lessening food waste.