Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lotties and totties n.

[orig. theatrical use lotties and totties, out of work young actresses, in turn f. common names]

1. (also Lottie de Tottie) generic for chorus girls or other young actresses.

[UK]Globe (London) 16 Apr. 6/2: How delightful it is to us poor loungers in the stalls [...] to see persons beyond the lights who can sit down as ladies sit and talk as ladies talk without shocking us by ogling and pouting for a bouquet as our swarm of Lotties and Totties do.
[UK]Western Mail 2 Oct. 6/1: [T]he Lotties and Totties, the Blanches [...] and Violets who flash their charms before the foot-lights.
[Aus]Wagga Wagga Exp. (NSW) 2 Aug. 8/1: [T]he empty headed little snobs in the stalls, who come in late laden with bouqets for Lottie and Tottie, and measure their merits by the scantiness of their skirts.
[UK]Era (London) 6 June 4/3: The golden youth of the Crutch and Toothpick says, ‘Let's have Lotty and Totty, [...] some Music Hall songs, two or three cellar-flap dances, and the little girl with the skipping-rope, that's the only Drama worth the decimal part of a dump’.
[UK]Referee 15 Nov. in Ware (1909) 165/2: 171/2: If time and space permitted I should like to tell you all about the Lotties and the Totties and the other out-of-work pets who pervaded the stalls, and showed a liberal proportion of their backs – backs and bosoms, too – as bare as they were born.
[UK]Belfast News-Letter 15 Sept. 5/1: [T]he Daisies and Maisies, the Hetties and Letties, the Lotties and Totties who appear upon the stage.
Express & Teleg. (Adelaide) 15 July 2/6: In private life the Lotties and Totties are no doubt exceedingly prosaic creatures, preferring the food and drink of their native Strand to the woodcock and champagne of masherdom.
[UK]Sporting Times (London) 16 Mar. 1/1: The cake has at been won by Miss Lottie de Tottie, who has recently been promoted to a brougham.
[UK]Thanet Advertiser 28 Dec. 5/3: [T]he sisters Lottie and Tottie are responsible for the creation of great deal of fun.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 10 Feb. 7/4: [H]e is simply longing to shake a leg out in the Coogee surf amongst the dear little Lotties and Totties.
[UK]S. Mayo [perf. Marie Lloyd] If You Want to Get On in Review 🎵 Where are the ladies? where are the shadies? / The Lizas, the Lotties and Lous? / Where have they gone to? You know they want to / All go in Revues.
Eve. News (Rockhampton, Qld) 2 Feb. 4/4: [T]he first thing I saw in the lounge was our friend Borian, half-seas over, with a bevy of Lotties and Totties hanging round him.

2. prostitutes as a group.

[UK]Era (London) 18 Apr. 16/3: His song about ‘St. John’s Wood,’ the ‘Lotties’ and ‘Totties,’ and Pimlico, is, perhaps, not of the sweetest savour.
[UK]Pall Mall Gaz. 27 Mar. 4/1: [S]he should not talk of the ‘Lotties and Totties of the Haymarket.’ Piccadilly is understood to be the spot where Sin flaunts herself canary-haired and lower eyelid-painted.