Office of Price Administration Ration Cards collection, circa 1942 - 1946Manuscript MS-1280


The Office of Price Administration (OPA) was established on August 28, 1941. The functions of the OPA were to control prices and to ration scarce supplies including tires, automobiles, shoes, nylon, sugar, gasoline, fuel oil, coffee, meats and processed food, after the outbreak of World War II. The office was abolished on May 29, 1947, with some of its functions taken over by other agencies.

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