Everyu00a0November our regular postbagu00a0is punctuated with colourfulu00a0birthday cards. They are often carefully hand-decorated and filled with illustrations, scraps and stickers. The cards come from around the world and are for the attention of a sandy-brown bear with shoe-button eyes, called Little Tommy Tittlemouse.u00a0This little mohair bear with long limbs and hand-stitched claws was the much-loved companion of James Gowan. It was James whou00a0gave the little bear his rather misleading name, possibly inspired by the earlier nursery rhyme about a little mouse of the same name, which Beatrix Potter illustrated in 1905.
Little Tommy Tittlemouse
Lived in a little house;
He caught fishes
In other menu2019s ditches
Little Tommy Tittlemouseu00a0was given to Jamesu00a0for Christmas in 1908 and stayed byu00a0Jamesu2019s side for almost 60 years. When in 1965 James generously gave his beloved bear to the V&A Museum of Childhood, he asked for him to remain on display so that other children could enjoy this bear too. Each year until Jamesu2019s death in 1986, he sentu00a0a card to Tommyu00a0for his birthday on 24 November. Nowu00a0new museum visitors have taken up the tradition started by James and send Tommy cards each year for his birthday to remind him how special he is to us all.
If you want to send Little Tommy Tittlemouse a letter then you can post them to the museum’s address below.
V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA.