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.
Acquired by the Museum of Victoria from the Australian War Museum (later Memorial) in 1923-24 as part of the 'Victorian allotment' by permission of Hon. F. Clarke, government representative of the State War Trophy Committee.
Paper paillasse with a hessian-like appearance. Consists of a large bag, now heavily creased from being stored folded.
Donation from Australian War Memorial (AWM), 1924
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