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Small Frozen Charlotte doll. This example shows that the rear of the doll was not completely glazed. 18BC80 - These little Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850 to 1920. Most were produced in Germany, where they were called penny dolls (King 1981:560) and were originally intended as a bath toy. Small versions were sometimes baked into cakes as party favors, and others were used as dolls. They were named after a poem entitled “Young Charlotte”, about a girl who froze to death on the way to a party because she refused to cover up her dress with a coat.   Small Frozen Charlotte doll. This example shows that the rear of the doll was not completely glazed. 18BC80 - These little Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850 to 1920. Most were produced in Germany, where they were called penny dolls (King 1981:560) and were originally intended as a bath toy. Small versions were sometimes baked into cakes as party favors, and others were used as dolls. They were named after a poem entitled “Young Charlotte”, about a girl who froze to death on the way to a party because she refused to cover up her dress with a coat.

Site: 18BC80  Privy 19A01

Context: Brick lined privy, Lot 94. Privy associated either with African-American or German immigrant neighborhood.

Site Date Range: Late 19th to early 20th century 

Materials: Glazed porcelain

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Description: Small Frozen Charlotte doll. This example shows that the rear of the doll was not completely glazed.

History: These little Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850 to 1920. Most were produced in Germany, where they were called penny dolls (King 1981:560) and were originally intended as a bath toy. Small versions were sometimes baked into cakes as party favors, and others were used as dolls. They were named after a poem entitled “Young Charlotte”, about a girl who froze to death on the way to a party because she refused to cover up her dress with a coat.