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Frozen Charlotte miniature doll

Description: Dolls like this, without clothing, were called "Frozen Charlotte," and were first made about 1850. This doll is wearing a modest dress made out of ribbons. Frozen Charlottes were sometimes baked into children's birthday cakes to be found by guests as party favors. Children could dress the dolls as well. "Frozen Charlotte" dolls took their name from a poem and song about a real New York girl, Charlotte, who went riding with her beau, Charlie, to a winter ball in 1840. She left without her wrap against her mother's wishes and by the time they arrived, she had frozen to death. The story says Charlie soon died of a broken heart and they were buried together in one tomb.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Toys
19th century
China dolls
Miniature objects

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