Our September object of the month is this lovely box of soap.
It was brought over to Northern Ireland by a US serviceman in 1942 and given to a young lady here as a Christmas present. In fact during the war soap was one of the most popular Christmas gifts.
Soap was rationed from the 9th February 1942 and remained on the ration until September 1950.
You would be allocated coupons in your ration book to use on soap – this would include hard soap, toilet soap, liquid soap, soft soap, soap flakes and soap powder, some of which you would be using to clean yourself and some for cleaning your clothes.
Very few people would have had a shower and not everybody would have had a bath in a bathroom – using a tin bath placed in front of the fire instead. Bath water was also limited to a maximum of 5 inches (12.5 cm) which could be measured out by painting a black line round the edge of the bath and then only filling to that amount.