A ration booklet issued to Helena Mesman, Netherlands, 1940-1945. Rationing of food and other necessities were introduced during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II and was slowly phased out after the war. 

The booklet forms a part of a small collection related to the Mesman family and the rationing system that was used in the Netherlands during World War II. 

One of the most interesting members of the family was Helena who was descended from two prominent Dutch families, the successful industrial family the Boissevain, and the Pijnappels, who were Dutch royalty. 

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