Alternative Name(s): Mattress Cover, Sleeping Mat

Paillasse made of paper in Germany during World War I.

Paper was used as a substitute - 'ersatz' - by Germany during World War I, 1914-1918. This paillasse and several other 'ersatz' objects were transferred to Museum Victoria from the Australian War Memorial in 1924, which still holds other German 'ersatz' material from World War I.

Physical Description

Paper paillasse with a hessian-like appearance. Consists of a large bag, now heavily creased from being stored folded.

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