Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1943
Defense workers were complaining about shortages of meat, butter, and other foods. Supplies were limited because so much food was being shipped under the Lend Lease plan from Pacific ports to Russia, where people were desperate and fighting was still raging against the Nazi invaders. The size of the shipments was staggering: 4,825, 000 pounds of fresh frozen pork loins; 22,943, 398 pounds of canned pork meat, and 2,300,000 pounds of Wiltshire sides.
While muskrat meat might not be an acceptable substitute on the dinner table, enterprising furriers were turning the pelts into winter coats, surely welcome with Chicago temperatures in the teens today. One muskrat coat was priced at over $200, but more and Americans finally had money in their pockets thanks to defense work. If they couldn’t buy meat, they could buy pelts.