What Are They???

Can anyone tell me what these are? No fair looking at comments before you do. Guesses are fine. After reading the first comments, I must say that people have come up with some great (wrong) answers. After you make yours, read the other comments. I’ve loved them. When you tire of guessing, you can find the answer HERE.

 

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48 thoughts on “What Are They???

  1. Marion Couvillion

    I may be wrong but are these some of those small celluloid dolls (pre-plastic) from the 1930’s They were usually placed in the manger of a creche. I think they were called Charlotte, and sometimes found in cracker jack boxes. These may have been the only dolls some kids had during the depression. We stopped getting them when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. If this is what they are, just guessing~! Sometimes you fool me with size~!

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      1. Anonymous

        Well I have some like them that my mother dressed but they are bisque. She faked the arms in sewing. But the oldest I remember were celluloid and made in Japan. They were called Frozen Charlotte and I thought they were called that because their arms and legs could not move, but later I found out that there was a story from the 1800’s about a girl that was so vane that she would not wear clothes and froze that way.. Maybe I am wrong but I do have a good story, and great doll collection too~! Ha ha~!

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          1. SAM VOELKER

            O.K.~!!! Damn you Judy I am going to demand that you put a penny by your photos in the future. Now you are going to make me climb those dangerous pull down stairs to get to those dolls in the attic room again, just to show you what I have.., In addition to a fair memory~! I think that they are about 2 inches tall and may not be exactly the same. Now we have given you prompts so you can write a good poem about Frozen Charlotte, bet no one had done so sense the 30’s~!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I have some interesting dolls as well. If you show us yours, I’ll show you mine. These are tiny, however. Just 1 1/2 inches high and they have a utilitarian purpose.

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            1. lifelessons Post author

              I looked at them all once again. You really do have a fabulous collection and I have a connection that you might want to donate them to. If you are interested I’ll tell you more. It is a doll museum in Murdo,South Dakota.. population 500 but right on Interstate 90 so there are 9 motels in town and one big attraction–The Pioneer Auto Museum. And close to the 1880’s Town and Wall Drug. Surely you’ve heard of Wall Drug??? An adventurer like you?

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            2. SAM VOELKER

              Most of the better ones have names on the back for members of my family who asked for them. The collection gets smaller each Christmas.

              The best doll collection I have seen is at the Ralph Foster Museum located at College of the Ozarks in Bronson Missouri… In fact the school itself is a great place to visit. I recommend staying in their hotel, everything is run by students working their way through school and it would take a couple of days just to see all of the interesting things there.. Old mills engines etc. They even have that car that the Beverley Hillbillies drove.. Ha.. If you are ever traveling that direction plan to stay there, and you are helping young people earn their education at the same time.

              Well actually that was second best. The best was Queen Mary’s collection in England; but those dolls were worth thousands, I actually preferred those meant to be played with or made by the kids themselves, at College of Ozarks they even have very old dolls made by Native Americans, something most people don’t even think about..

              https://www.rfostermuseum.com/Exhibitions

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      2. Sam

        You should know that I would not be satisfied being wrong, didn’t you~? So I went and looked up Charlotte doll, am I wrong because I did not call it an ART Doll~? There were so many like that which came out about the same time in the “depression years” but that name I remembered, even if I could not spell it. Happy that as a young man I had better models as “Art Dolls”, mine they had real appendages etc, etc~!.

        https://www.etsy.com/listing/897976233/miniature-faux-charlottes-tiny-art-dolls?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=frozen+charlotte&ref=sr_gallery-1-28&pro=1&sts=1&organic_search_click=1

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Indeed. There are many types of frozen Charlottes, and these have perhaps been adapted from them but to guess what they are you have to know their use. . Again, I’ll repeat that you of all people should know.

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      1. slmret

        I don’t know what they are called, but they have to be some sort of good talisman — perhaps good luck in the function of the Saint being honored in the particular celebration?

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        The just look like doll bodies before painting. They made Kewpie dolls in sizes from very tiny to huge. All older dolls (hard plastic or composition of sawdust and glue) are white under the paint. Vinyl (soft) dolls are poured into forms in something more or less “flesh-toned.” It was a lot easier to repair old dolls because they are all more or less standard parts: wigs, eyes, painted faces. If you were (are) a good painter, you could create some real art on a doll’s body.

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