The History of the Snowbabies

By Hoffman's Patterns of the Past | Dec 04, 2012
Marie Ahnighito Peary

Department 56 has popularized these delightful bisque porcelain babies, available both as tabletop figures and as tree ornaments, but their history goes back before the turn of 20th century. Marie Aghnito Peary, daughter of Admiral Robert Peary and his wife Josephine Diebitsch Peary, was born in Greenland in the sumer of 1893. The native Inuit had never seen a white baby, and called her Ah-Poo-Mik-A-Nin-Ny, which means "Snow Baby." Marie's middle name was in honor of an Inuit woman who made her a fox and deerskin suit. in 1901, Josephine wrote and published a book called THE SNOW BABY about Marie and her young experiences in the Far North. Small porcelain figures were made to capitalize on the popularity of the Snow Baby, and so a collectible trend began!

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