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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Paper a House (To),
in theatrical phraseology, means to fill a house with “deadheads,” or non-paying spectators, admitted by paper orders. The women admitted thus, not being dressed so smartly as the paying ones, used to cover their shoulders with a “scarlet opera cloak,” often lent or hired for the occasion.   1

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