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Frozen Charlotte doll history:
These dolls were an extremely popular toy from the mid-1800s called a bathing doll, also known as solid chinas or bathing babies, which were porcelain dolls kids played with in the tub.
Bathing dolls were first manufactured in Germany around 1850. In England parents would bake them into puddings and cakes around Christmas.
But bathing dolls soon became associated with the creepy poem "Young Charlotte" written by humorist Seba Smith in 1840.
The dolls became known as "Frozen Charlotte" in the U.S., and some even came complete with their own coffin and burial shroud.
The poem recounted the grim true tale of a young woman who had frozen to death one New Year’s Eve while out riding with her sweetheart in an open sleigh. This poor unfortunate lass had failed to heed her mother’s advice: “O, daughter dear,” her mother cried,
“This blanket ’round you fold;
It is a dreadful night tonight,
You’ll catch your death of cold.” “O, nay! O, nay!” young Charlotte cried,
And she laughed like a gypsy queen;
“To ride in blankets muffled up,
I never would be seen.” Smith’s poem inspired the folk song “Fair Charlotte”: “He took her hand in his — O, God!
’Twas cold and hard as stone;
He tore the mantle from her face,
Cold stars upon it shone.
Then quickly to the glowing hall,
Her lifeless form he bore;
Fair Charlotte’s eyes were closed in death,
Her voice was heard no more." Info via Dangerous Minds
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