A rarely seen, Dean’s Rag Book Tatters the Hospital Pup c.1930s. Tatters was produced as part of a fundraising initiative for the ‘Help Yourself Movement’, to raise money for hospitals and other charities.

Stuffed with kapok, Tatters is unjointed and sits 23 cms (9″) high. He has a bandaged begging paw, and is made of beige brushed cotton, with printed black patches.

His ears are black felt, and his eyes celluloid.  The rest of his facial features are printed onto his fabric.

Tatters wear his original red ribbon, and on the left side of his neck is printed Regd design Tatters the Hospital Pup. He also has Made in England and Dean’s Rag Book Co Ltd printed on his hind legs.

In overall good condition, Tatters has the most appealing hang-dog expression, and travels with his vintage metal collection box (not original to him). Tatters is only available until 31st January.


Originally I wore a label that read:

“HELP the HOSPITALS – Dean’s Rag Book Co Ltd., Guarantee to pay 12 1/2 of their receipts from the sale of this model ‘TATTERS’ to the funds of the Help Yourself Movement promoted by the Stock Exchange Dramatic & Operatic Society in aid of hospitals and other deserving charities.”



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