Do you know those small little china dolls, all in one piece, with black hair, red lips and very white skin?
Well they are linked to a story that is very suited to the Halloween atmosphere. This is a story born in the United States although these dolls were born in Germany in a doll factory in Thuringia around 1850, they survived until 1920 and were conceived as bath toys.
The fact is that in the period in which they arrived in the United States a song was very popular, The liryc was taken from a poem that was inspired by a true story. The story told of a girl named Charlotte, who went to a ball on a frosty New Year's Eve, refusing to put on her coat but dressed only in her evening dress. During the carriage ride she died frozen. When the Americans saw these dolls with snow-white skin they started calling them Frozen Charlotte.
I am making my own Frozen Charlotte, but I have prepared a nice cloack and a blanket (in progress) so she doesn't ever have to be cold again. She will also have a house-box like the original Frozen Charlotte. Here are the photos of the work in progress.
The song was called Fair Charlotte or A Corpse going to a ball and is beautiful. Below you can listen to it.
The Frozen Charlotte were then often inserted into cakes before cooking them as good luck charms, for birthdays and on various occasions when a person had to be chosen based on fate.