Send, CARE Food Packages Abroad… $10. (Oct, 1948)

It’s MORE FOOD for LESS MONEY

Send, CARE Food Packages Abroad… $10.

INSURED GUARANTEED  DELIVERY
DUTY FREE  RATION FREE
NON-PROFIT   GOVERNMENT APPROVED

CONTENTS:
1 lb. Braised Beef
2-8 oz. tins of Liver Pate
2-8 oz. tins of Corned Beef loaf
2 lb. Shortening
1 lb. Chocolate
2-8 oz tins of Cocoa
2 lb. Whole Milk Powder 8 oz. Egg Powder
1 lb. Apricots
1 lb. Raisins
7 lb. Flour
2 lb. Sugar
1 lb. Coffee (For Britain: 1/2 lb. tea) 2-3 oz. Bars of Soap 1/4 oz. Yeast

CARE – Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, Inc., 50 Broad Street, New York 4, N. Y.

CARE Food Packages may be sent to: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Eire (Ireland), Finland, France, Germany (American, British and French Zones and all of Berlin), Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland

A RECEIPT, SIGNED BY THE BENEFICIARY YOU NAME, WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU

10 comments
  1. Dave F. says: March 30, 20071:05 pm

    According to an online inflation calculator, $10 in 1948 money is worth $87.22 in 2006 dollars.

  2. Charlie says: March 30, 20071:15 pm

    It would be interesting to add up what all those items would cost today. I’ll bet it would be much less than $87. Though shipping 21+ lbs to eastern Europe might cost a bit.

  3. Christoph says: March 12, 20081:21 pm

    A lot of Germanscivilians survived after the war because of these CARE packages. My grandma said that it was like birthday, christmas and eastern at once when they got a package. Even if she said that the US coffee tasted weird ;-).

  4. nlpnt says: June 10, 200912:47 am

    THAT’s what was missing from the package- there’s no Spam! Thanks for reminding us!

  5. pandadonkey says: February 13, 201012:10 am

    To ship this globally today would cost about $50 in 2010 dollars – $10 in 1948 money is roughly worth $94 in 2010 dollars. I’m curious to know how popular these types of programs were in their time as $10 was a hefty sum back in 1948 and I can hardly imagine the average modern Americans donating $100 for a relief basket of food for Afghan or Haitian refugees although I suppose when the refugees are the same color as you the purse strings tend to be a little looser.

  6. Firebrand38 says: February 13, 20101:17 am

    pandadonkey:”I suppose when the refugees are the same color as you the purse strings tend to be a little looser” ? What a gratuitous shot. I get it, white people suck. As I’m writing this donations to US organizations totals about 780 million dollars for earthquake relief in Haiti. Reference http://www.philanthropy… Sorry I can’t break it down by skin color. US donors donated 2 billion for relief after the Asian tsunami (guess they didn’t figure out they weren’t the same skin color)

  7. Toronto says: February 13, 20101:33 am

    I believe the CARE packages were assembled and shipped in Europe, with food that was bulk-shipped across the Atlantic, so the transportation costs were minimized. My grandmother sent them to England in the post-war era as rationing was still in effect for some time.

    And my my mother tells of getting “Canadian Food” parcels when my folks were in Alsace (Metz) with the RCAF in ’53. Carnation Milk was a cherished item, as were maple sugar, molasses and several other items.

  8. Family bonding says: April 2, 201011:49 am

    @pandadonkey: The thing is that this was aimed at people with relatives in Europe – You could possibly get 100$ from your family for this kind of thing.

    And a lot of Americans had relatives in Europe.

  9. Firebrand38 says: April 2, 201012:24 pm

    @Family bonding: Forget it, “pandadonkey” sounds like an endangered jackass.

  10. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 18, 201010:22 pm

    CARE is still around; http://www.care.org/ind…
    History http://www.care.org/abo…

    Ten bucks was a hunk of change for most Americans in 1948. My dad thought in the *1950s* if he could earn $5.50 an hour, he’d have it made as a artisan.

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