Ref:CL168/142 Tablecloth Made For A German Migrant From Berlin To Australia 1950
Linen or cotton with embroidery and applique, embroidered signatures and inscriptions in German and English, including date "8 VIII 1950", 82.2 x 78.4cm. Slight discolouration and stains, some colour transfer from non-colourfast embroidery thread to cloth.
Inscriptions include a number of German family names with messages in both German and English, but also "Slán leat", meaning "Goodbye" in Gaelic, signed "Judy." The latter would suggest the tablecloth was made during the journey to Australia, rather than in Germany before departure. Each inscription appears to have been embroidered by a different hand. The embroidery includes a Berlin "bear" running towards a map of Australia in the centre of the cloth.
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