Office of Price Administration shoe purchase certificate for C. Walder Parke   Save
Office of Price Administration shoe purchase certificate for C. Walder Parke
Description: Certificate authorizing C. Walder Parke to purchase one pair of shoes. The Office of Price Administration was created during WWII to fight inflation and preserve needed supplies for the war effort, and they accomplished this by establishing a rationing system. Many types of goods were rationed, from gasoline to meat to rubber tires, and shoes were included in this list. Some items were rationed using a coupon or point system, but very scarce goods were rationed by certificates like this one. Parke was in Camp Atterbury, Indiana when he received this certificate restricted to use by the military. Charles Walder Parke was born on July 28, 1924, and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 intending to be a pilot during WWII, but spent most of his military career as a navigator on B-17 Flying Fortresses in the 94th Bombardment Group. Parke earned two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal with several Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his successful bombing missions, including some over Berlin. He is best known for being on board a B-17 which was shot down over France by German planes on June 25, 1944, during a non-combat mission. The crew managed to make an emergency landing, and everyone inside survived. After the war, Parke founded the Cleveland-based Laurel Industries Inc., which became a prominent supplier of antimony oxide to the plastics industry. He died of Lou-Gehrig’s Disease on September 15, 1996, at the age of 72. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS1510_B02F03_005
Subjects: Parke, Charles Walder, 1924-1996; Rationing; Shoes--Prices
Places: Edinburgh (Indiana); Johnson County (Indiana)