Gas Rationing And Clemson Cadets
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photos are in relation to “thumbing a ride”, but not at Sikes Hall like most pictures I post of Cadets. For the Cadets that were headed west, the stretch of road running along Riggs Field was best for “thumbing a ride”.
The above photo was taken around 1942, probably after gas rationing was instituted. Gas rationing must have had a huge impact on the ability of cadets being able to find a ride to their hometowns. Consider the category A gas rationing sticker, it would allow drivers to only get 4 gallons a week. Later in the war the allotment dropped to just 3 gallons a week!
In addition, there was a ration on rubber because the Japanese had seized plantations in the Dutch East Indies that produced 90% of America's raw rubber, so getting a set of tires was next to impossible. With those kind of restrictions I'm sure cars were few and far between on the highways, which makes you wonder how many cadets just gave up and returned to the barracks.
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