1943: Hugh Dalton, president of the Board of Trade, deplored the amount of fabric used in turn-ups on men’s trousers. Turn-ups were an extravagance, Dalton said, and in wartime, civilians should make do without them.
“There can be no equality of sacrifice in this war. Some must lose lives and limbs; others only the turn-ups on their trousers.”
Source: Hugh Dalton, The Fateful Years: Memoirs 1931–1945 (1957), p. 410