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French government-issued ration cards from the Siege of Paris

 Collection — Container: 1 [31151030142453]
Identifier: MS-0797
Likely distributed by the République française, French government, these three ration cards are from the 1870 to 1871 Siege of Paris. One meat ration card from the 9th arrondissement (district) and two subsistence cards for bread, groceries, oil, and chocolate from the 6th arrondissement.

Dates

  • 1870-1871

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Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal-sized folder)

Biographical / Historical

Likely distributed by the République française, French government. The Siege of Paris began in September 1870 when the city was besieged by the Prussians during the Franco-Prussian War. Due to limited supplies in Paris, rations were distributed during the winter of 1870 to 1871.

Source: "Food during the Siege of Paris (1870-1871)," Chemins de Mémoire, accessed January 29, 2018, http://www.cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr/en/food-during-siege-paris-1870-1871.

Content Description

Paraphrased English translation of French dealer description:

Three ration cards from the 1870 to 1871 Siege of Paris. One meat ration card from the 9th arrondissement (district) and two subsistence cards for bread, groceries, oil, and chocolate from the 6th arrondissement. The subsistence cards are written with street names, one with "Conti" and one with "Buci."

French translation provided by the dealer: Une carte de viande du 9e arrondissement. Deux cartes de "Subsistance" pour pain et épicerie, huile, chocolat... du 6e arrondissement: rue de Bucci et quai Conti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Librarie Les Amazones in March 2017.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in January 2018 by Elizabeth England and Annie Tang.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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