World War II Leftovers Get New Life
by Donna Amis Davis
Today is just a short feature – we ran across this cart made from Marsden matting, sitting behind our favorite breakfast spot Casa Linda. Marsden matting gets a new and useful life.
Spotted outside Casa Linda Pension in Puerto Princesa, Palawan – another use for Marsden matting, that World War II leftover. This time, the steel plates are fashioned into a cart.
Marsden matting is the name of the perforated steel plates used for building airplane runways very quickly during World War II. At the end of the war, the runways were left behind, and creative Filipinos salvaged the material to use for fences, walls, and sheds. The high quality steel has stood the test of time. Throughout the Philippines, remnants of those runways can be seen. Fences from Marsden matting are common sights. This is the first Marsden matting cart I’ve seen.