Windsor Garage was Windsor’s car dealer for Fords and Packards in 1944 but because of the ongoing shortages caused by World War II, new Fords or Packards were not available for sale in town. This advertisement reminds Windsorites that they should “conserve and protect” their cars because if they fail to do so, there will be a breakdown in the national transportation system because public transportation was working at capacity.
The advertisement also notes that Windsor Garage would pay the “full O.P.A. ceiling price” for any car that was not being used. The O.P.A. was the federal Office of Price Administration, which was created in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It had the power to set prices and ration scarce supplies. Before he was elected governor of Connecticut in 1948, Chester Bowles headed the O.P.A. from 1943 to 1946.