The efficiency of food supplies was a matter of primary importance for the Anglo-American authorities.
In September 1945, the distribution of the “AC scale” rations seemed suitable to prevent severe malnutrition cases in the immediate present, but not adequate to keep the civilian population healthy in the long term. However, fishing contributed significantly to improving the general situation, mainly because the fish canneries did not resume production – at least until the first half of 1946 – due to the lack of olive oil and tins. Thus, all the fish could reach the market and be immediately available to the population.
From a survey commissioned by the Confederal Chamber of Labour of Trieste, we learn that, in 1946 and concerning the expenses of a working-class family, almost 67% of expenditure was destined for the purchase of food.
From 1945 to 1947, the cost of living rose steadily throughout Zone A. The price of fish represented the only countertrend: a kilo of sardines cost less than 50 Lire, but on some occasions, it had dropped to 25 Lire per kilo.
The Cost of Food
Children of the AMG and Children of Zone A
Nobody wishes it, but childhood is not the same for everyone. Thus, although overseas, the children of AMG officers could grow up in the standard of living of the “American way of life”, whereas the children of Zone A were raised amidst food parcels, political and social conflict and in the climate of the Cold War.
Gifts of Friendship
Dress Up, Let’s Go Out to Eat!
Although in the post-war period the opening of restaurants and entertainment venues multiplied, most people could not afford to go to them. Whereas, the “restaurants” where a meal cost 150 Lire were very popular.