Audio clip: Mary Ann Reed

Mary Ann Reed describes the fragile state of her shoes during her childhood:

Mary Ann Reed: We had—shoes were rationed. And with three daughters in the family, I don't think my parents got a pair of new shoes during the whole war (laughs) because our feet would grow and we'd have to use their stamps for shoes. But I'm always amazed to see how many shoes my grandchildren have because we had one pair. (Laughs.) Possibly, after the war, we were able to have two. (Laughs.)

Vivi Hoang (interviewer): Did that mean, since you were the oldest, did that mean your younger sisters would get hand-me-downs?

MAR: Oh yes. Although I think we pretty well wore our shoes out. They would make—they had some fabric shoes that they made that you didn't have to have stamps for. But if you wore them out in the wet grass, they'd fall apart, so they must have been glued together.

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