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
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.