"Michael "Dog3"" <don'[email protected]> wrote in message
>I read this in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. My first reaction was, WTF?
> I wonder if this means all the grocers selling margarine should be fined
> and put in jail.
A very old NATIONAL LAW which was repealed after WWII
State taxes on margarine were repealed in Oklahoma. The courts removed color
barriers in other states shortly after World War II.
Residual war shortages of butter sent it to a dollar a pound and Margarine
Act repeal legislation was offered from many politicians.
Some of the more popular brands prior up until now were Cloverbloom,
Mayflower, Mazola, Nucoa, Blue Plate, Mrs. Filbert’s, Parkay, Imperial, Good
Luck, Nu-Maid, Farmbelle, Shedd’s Safflower, Churngold, Blue Bonnet,
Fleischmann’s, Sunnyland and Table Maid.
Margarine taxes and restrictions became the talk of the country. Finally,
following a significant effort by the National Association of Margarine
Manufacturers, President Truman signed the Margarine Act of 1950 on March 23
of that year.
The Federal margarine tax system came to an end. Pre-colored margarine was
enjoyed by a consumer also pleased with lower prices. Consumption almost
doubled in the next twenty years. State color bans, taxes, licenses and
other restrictions began to fall.