The North had 'more industry' and could afford more goods and food but they did have shortages from 'time to time.' They also sang, "Hard Crackers Come Again No More" as a way to complain about the time when there were food shortages.
Here are the two blocks that were designed to reflex these "rations."
We just added Picasa3. I am not sure how to use it. I will figure it out soon. I was able to crop and move the block on the bottom but I could not do it to the block on top.