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Bild-Lilli dolls (Photo: musee-imaginaire.de)

Bild-Lilli, the inspiration for the Barbie doll, began as a sexy cartoon character, created by Reinhard Beuthien in the early 50's. Bild-Lilli first appeared as a cartoon charcter in the German Bild newpaper on June 24, 1952. Bild-Lilli's adventures found immediate appeal with readers, especially the male readers,and it was decided to create a doll in Lilli's likeness.

Bild-Lilli Cartoon

The result was the Bild-Lilli doll, now much sought after by doll collectors. She was later to be the direct inspiration for the Barbie doll. With her hair in a high ponytail and exaggerated figure, the resemblance to the early Barbie doll is undeniable.

Bild-Lilli Doll Catalog
Bild-Lilli outfits
Source:Original Bild-Lilli catalog

Bild Lilli Clothing

The chief designer of the clothes was Martha Maar. She designed a range of outfits for Lilli. Bild-Lilli outfits were also sold separately, including sports clothes, dresses and suits. Lilli quickly gained popularity with little girls in Germany. Bild-Lilli dolls and their original outfits are now highly prized by collectors, and are expensive to buy, so it is important to know how to identify original Lilli clothing, if you are planning to buy an original. There are original Lilli catalogs in existence as a useful record.



Dutsche Modepuppen der 50er &60er German Fashion dolls of the 50's & 60's is an excellent book by Silke Knaak which I highly recommend as the definitive guide for Bild-Lilli collectors. This well-researched book shows most, if not all of the Lilli outfits ever made.

Bild-Lilli Outfits

NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1113

NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1118

VF / NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
VF / NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" SPORTS

NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" RED SWIMSUIT

NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" SHORTS

(barbie bild lilli size) new 14 x petra doll 1967 no repro
(barbie bild lilli size) new 14 x petra doll 1967 no repro

Original Bild Lilli Suit  For Larger Lilli
Original Bild Lilli Suit For Larger Lilli

Bild lilli doll miss sweet sweet heart original small sized english version
Bild lilli doll miss sweet sweet heart original small sized english version

Barbie Bubble Cut as
Barbie Bubble Cut as "Bild Lilli"

Vintage Barbie Ponytail #4 – One of a kind Ponytail Barbie doll as BILD LILLI
Vintage Barbie Ponytail #4 – One of a kind Ponytail Barbie doll as BILD LILLI

Lalka Lola Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Clone
Lalka Lola Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Clone

Lalka Lola  Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Clone
Lalka Lola Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Clone

HONG KONG BILD LILLI CLONE FASHION DOLL BRUNETTE EXTRA CLOTHES
HONG KONG BILD LILLI CLONE FASHION DOLL BRUNETTE EXTRA CLOTHES

Vintage BILD LILLI Barbie RARE air hostess STEWARDESS Pan am 1950's doll clone
Vintage BILD LILLI Barbie RARE air hostess STEWARDESS Pan am 1950's doll clone

 BILD LILLI VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE 11 1/2 INCH  GOLD BLOND HAIR  RARE FABULOUS
BILD LILLI VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE 11 1/2 INCH GOLD BLOND HAIR RARE FABULOUS

Lalka doll Bild Lilli Clone
Lalka doll Bild Lilli Clone

Lalka doll Bild Lilli Clone
Lalka doll Bild Lilli Clone

 BILD LILLI VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE 11 1/2 INCH  SAND BLOND HAIR  RARE FABULOUS
BILD LILLI VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE 11 1/2 INCH SAND BLOND HAIR RARE FABULOUS

Hong Kong  Bild Lilli NRFB
Hong Kong Bild Lilli NRFB

Vintage Original German MMM Dirndl Dress PRYM Snaps fits Lg Bild Lilli Barbie NM
Vintage Original German MMM Dirndl Dress PRYM Snaps fits Lg Bild Lilli Barbie NM

Vintage BILD LILLI 11 1/2 INCH HONG KONG CLONE GOLDEN HAIR VERY RARE FABULOUS
Vintage BILD LILLI 11 1/2 INCH HONG KONG CLONE GOLDEN HAIR VERY RARE FABULOUS

Vintage Barbie Babs Bild Lilli Tressy Uneeda size Dress Lot Pink Silver Floral 2
Vintage Barbie Babs Bild Lilli Tressy Uneeda size Dress Lot Pink Silver Floral 2

 BILD LILLI 11 1/2 INCH VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE DARK BLOND HAIR  RARE FABULOUS
BILD LILLI 11 1/2 INCH VINTAGE HONG KONG CLONE DARK BLOND HAIR RARE FABULOUS

Lalka Bild Lilli Clone Doll.
Lalka Bild Lilli Clone Doll.

NRFB Ltd. Edition REPRODUCTION BILD LILI DOLL - Never Displayed
NRFB Ltd. Edition REPRODUCTION BILD LILI DOLL - Never Displayed

Lalka Bild Lilli clone doll
Lalka Bild Lilli clone doll

Lalka Bild Lilli Clone Doll
Lalka Bild Lilli Clone Doll

Hong Kong  Bild Lilli &Peggy Ann Doll
Hong Kong Bild Lilli &Peggy Ann Doll

Vintage Uneeda Suzette Burnt Orange /Terracotta Dress fits Barbie Bild Lilli EXC
Vintage Uneeda Suzette Burnt Orange /Terracotta Dress fits Barbie Bild Lilli EXC

Gorgeous Genuine Lalka Doll w/ Fashion & Updo - Bild Lilli Repro Barbie Clone
Gorgeous Genuine Lalka Doll w/ Fashion & Updo - Bild Lilli Repro Barbie Clone

3.5 GD/VG VERY GOOD GERMAN PICTURE BOOK VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 11
3.5 GD/VG VERY GOOD GERMAN PICTURE BOOK VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 11"

VINTAGE 7.5 SMALL BILD LILLI HK CLONE SEALED IN THE ORIGINAL STORE PACKAGE
VINTAGE 7.5 SMALL BILD LILLI HK CLONE SEALED IN THE ORIGINAL STORE PACKAGE

Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli
Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli

VF VERY FINE BLUE RELAXING CHAIR FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
VF VERY FINE BLUE RELAXING CHAIR FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5"

Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Fine Pleated Peplum Tailored Pale Blue Day Dress
Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Fine Pleated Peplum Tailored Pale Blue Day Dress

VINTAGE Bild Lilli, Barbie, Doll Salon Chair, Sink and Hair Dryer
VINTAGE Bild Lilli, Barbie, Doll Salon Chair, Sink and Hair Dryer

Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lili Doll 7.5
Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lili Doll 7.5" With West Germany Dog

HTF Vtg Uneeda Suzette Orig Dress Fur Jacket fits Barbie Bild Lilli Tressy Mitzi
HTF Vtg Uneeda Suzette Orig Dress Fur Jacket fits Barbie Bild Lilli Tressy Mitzi

Barbie bild lilli sized clone doll debbie moods in original package with 3 heads
Barbie bild lilli sized clone doll debbie moods in original package with 3 heads

Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Doll Blonde Hair Pre Barbie w Orig Swimsuit Shoes
Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Doll Blonde Hair Pre Barbie w Orig Swimsuit Shoes

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Links

http://www.squidoo.com/Dolls_Bild-Lilli Page about Lilli on Squidoo
Silke Knaak's Bild Lilli Forum
The forum is in German but questions in English are accepted.
www.barbies.de
Link to Silke Knaak's Homepage - Author of the reference book on Bild-Lilli

Antike Puppen: Bild Lilli (de)


Small Bild-Lilli Doll
This 7.5 inch small Bild-Lilli sold on eBay on Aug-17-08 for US $1,400.00.

Max Weissbrodt, of the Hausser/Elastolin company in Neustadt/Coburg, Germany designed the first Lilli doll, an 11 1/2" doll, made of plastic (elastoline) coated with paint, with hand-painted painted features, the shoes were molded on as part of the leg. The Bild-Lilli doll was produced in two sizes, a smaller version of Lilli, 7 1/2" tall, could be suspended from the rear view mirror of a car, on a little swing. A special stand was designed to support the doll in a standing position, on a single metal bar that goes up the leg through a hole bottom of the foot. The first Barbie doll was also supported through a hole in the bottom of the feet.

On eBay Today

NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1113
NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5

$2,999.99
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1118
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5

$2,999.99
VF / NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" SPORTS
VF / NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5

$2,999.99
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" RED SWIMSUIT
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5

$2,999.99

The New Bild-Lilli

The German Bild newspaper recently revived the Lilli cartoon series, the new version of Lilli is called Lilly:

PRYM SNAPS

An identifying feature of the Lilli outfit is a specially made PRYM snap. The PRYM snaps were a special order for the Lilli factory, they are painted to match the outfit on the top snap, and there is heart type design engraved on the silver of the bottom snap

Bild-Lilli PRYM SNAPS Example:


Schwabinchen by 3M



Very similar outfits were made by the same company ( Drie-M) for a smaller doll called Schwabinchen ( made from 1962), her outfits have similar PRYM snaps. This 10.5 inch vinyl doll with rooted hair, is smaller than Lilli so the outfits are too small on 11.5 inch Lilli,the sleeves are too short, and the dress length is too short. Schwabinchen has the 3M mark on her back, - she does not look like Bild-Lilli, but some of Schwabinchen's outfits are very similar to Bild-Lilli's.

Schwabinchen Catalog Pictures



Schwabinchen, was sold outside of Germany, in Sweden and Holland, under the names of Betty, and Willy Wildebras - Willy has been found without the 3 M marking on the Back.

Babs: "Hong Kong Lilli"

In the 1950's the Marx Toy Company of Hong-Kong licenced the Bild-Lilli design to produce a similar 11.5 inch doll that also had a range of separate outfits, This doll was produced from the 50's into the 1960's.and is quite similar to Bild-Lilli, but of cheaper plastic. This Marx doll is popularly referred to as "Hong Kong Lilly" or "Hong Kong Lilli". The construction is very similar to Bild-Lilli. Later,Fab-Lu Ltd., (Luften Ltd.-also known as Farber-Luft, Ltd) marketed a plastic fashion doll called Babs, based on Bild-Lilli, she was sold with a range of outfits and had a boyfriend and a younger sister, she made an inexpensive alternative to Barbie in the 60's. Babs mold and wig construction are similar to Bild-Lilli, making her more of a Bild Lilli clone, rather than a Barbie clone If you search for Bild-Lilli on eBay you may find some of the Hong Kong Lilly's or Babs dolls, listed as "Bild Lilli", these "Bild-Lilli type" dolls typically sell for under $200 dollars. An original Bild-Lilli in good condition is rare and rivals the No 1 Barbie in price range, so instead of splashing out on an original, some avid Bild-Lilli fans are known to repaint the cheaper Hong-Kong Lilli doll, (or even Barbie dolls), to resemble an original Bild-Lilli. However, an original Marx Lilli doll, or Babs, is highly collectible in her own right and her place in doll history is recognised by collectors of fashion dolls.

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