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March 12: ON THIS DAY in 1943, meat, butter ration rules

March 12, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1844, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The Ne Plus Ultra. – We have recently been shown some Daguerreotype miniatures, taken by Skinner, 57 Hicks Street, which surpass in beauty, distinctness, and life-like expression the best specimens yet produced in this line of art – so far, at least, as our observation has extended. The somber aspect of the countenance and dazzling surface of the plate, which have hitherto been considered objections to Daguerreotypes, are obviated in the specimens referred to by tinting and gilding. The figure is rendered permanent by the same process, and hence not liable to be destroyed by an unlucky slip of the glass, or a trace of the finger. Indeed it seems as if improvement could no further go; and we can recommend all who wish to procure fac similes themselves, or friends, at a very modest price, to call upon Skinner, as above – who, by the way, is a dentist, and practices the art as much from love as for money.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1861, the Eagle reported, “The incoming base ball season promises to be one of great interest, and already preparations are commencing. Among the anticipated sensations of course is the settlement of the championship – which owing to the breakup of the match between the Excelsiors and Atlantics is still practically undecided, though technically the latter is entitled to the position. There are rumors of important secessions from both clubs, but this is an old story, and there is likely nothing in it. It has been suggested that the contest for the championship should be decided at an early day to give the new claimants for the honor a chance to try their mettle with the victors. There certainly need be no difficulty in arranging a place for a meeting which would be free from the disagreeable concomitants of the mob that broke up the match last fall.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “Weather permitting, the Superbas and New York Americans start tomorrow afternoon on their long spring series. In both camps the opinion is strong that the two teams will get a line on each other for the World Series next fall. The spirit is just as strong among Uncle Wilbert Robinson’s Brooklyn athletes as with the Miller Huggins clan of New Yorkers, even though the Brooklyn club has no Babe Ruth as a vehicle to carry it to the wished-for goal. As the teams stand at this day and date, the Brooklyn pitchers are in much better shape than those of the Yankees. Uncle Robbie has put them through their paces under all kinds of weather conditions, while Huggins nursed his along like hothouse plants. As a result, the Brooklyn boxmen are already putting a lot of fancy stuff on the ball, whereas the New Yorkers are still using nothing but fast ones. The should help the Superbas in the opening game and give them first blood. The Brooklyn outfield will be weak compared with New York’s … However, Babe Ruth has not yet regained his fence busting habit, and unless the home run king gets busy, there are hopes of a Brooklyn victory.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Eagle reported, “Washington, March 12 (U.P.) – Rationing of meat, canned meat, canned fish, butter, cheese, edible fats and oils will begin at midnight, March 28, on a basis giving Americans nearly twice as much meat and fats but only half as much cheese as the British are getting. Price Administrator Prentiss M. Brown announced the new rationing program today after Secretary of Agriculture Wickard authorized it last night. Sixteen points per consumer will be allowed for all of the new rationed foods and the consumer can decide upon which of the items he prefers to spend his points. Point values are now being decided and will be announced during the week of March 22 … The new meat-fats-cheese rationing program will leave only a few items of food unrationed – such as fresh and frozen fish, poultry and game, breads, cereals and flour, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.”

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