"When I applied for a machine, a different corn picker or something, this one that was in charge told me, he said, 'Well, my dad said, "Don't plant any more than you can take care of."' Well, that didn't do me a heck of a lot of good, that kind of answer. But, the rationing was kind of – But you lived with it. You lived with it."
   Question: "Was there a black market?"
   "Oh, yes."
   Question: "Tell me about it."
   "There was all kind of black market machines come in. Yeah."
   Question: "Did you ever buy one?"
   "Yes, I did. A tractor. Yeah."
   Question: "Tell me, how did that come about? What happened?"
   "You had people in the area that would sell you some. And I don't know if you'd call it the black market or what it was. But they had ways of getting them, and then you'd buy them from them again, see? It was a kind of corruption."

Orville Hoffschneider – the Black Market


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