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September 26, 2003

New Kid's Products from Williamsburg® Feature Hotch Potch, 18th-Century Alphabet Man

Offering the latest in learning fun, Colonial Williamsburg has developed a new line of kids’ products featuring Hotch Potch, the limber “posture master” of the 18th century who bends, twists and stretches to form the letters of the alphabet. Hotch Potch’s playful figure now adorns a host of children’s toys and home accessories including dolls, porcelain, rugs and furniture made especially for WILLIAMSBURG and available through the Williamsburg Catalog or online at

Hotch Potch first appeared on a 1782 print, created by Carrington Bowles in London, as “The Comical Hotch Potch or the Alphabet turn’d Posture-Master” and immediately gained popularity throughout London and colonial America as a way to help boys and girls learn the letters of the alphabet. Nowadays, he can be found lounging around on kids’ tea sets, dinnerware and furniture – from table and chair playroom sets, which can be personalized with your child’s name spelled out in “hotch potch,” to stools and rocking chairs decorated with “hotch potch” style sayings, like “R is for Rocking, Sitting
and Talking.”

The Hotch Potch doll also is an appealing toy that engages boys and girls alike. Available in three different color schemes of purple and green, sky blue and yellow, or blue and red, the doll comes in two sizes, 10 inches or 22 inches in height. It retails for $6 and $10, respectively.

Revenue from the sale of WILLIAMSBURG® products supports the educational programs of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century town of Williamsburg. Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit

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Sophie Hart
(757) 220-7272