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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

VERY RARE HTF Vintage 1950s German BILD LILLI 11 1/2
VERY RARE HTF Vintage 1950s German BILD LILLI 11 1/2" Doll in Clear Tube Stand
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NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" GREEN DRESS
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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
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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
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NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" TENNIS
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NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1113
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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
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BILD LILLI 1956 Era 11.5
BILD LILLI 1956 Era 11.5" Excellent Hard Plastic Original Wig FREE SHIPPING
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Very RARE BILD LILLI Doll BLONDE 1950s GERMAN #1113 PRYM Outfit 11.5
Very RARE BILD LILLI Doll BLONDE 1950s GERMAN #1113 PRYM Outfit 11.5" Pre-Barbie
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VF VERY FINE ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
VF VERY FINE ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" STRIPE DRESS
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Bild Lilli small Vintage Doll with original chair
Bild Lilli small Vintage Doll with original chair
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Bild lilli original fashion Dancer for large bild lilli doll with white slip
Bild lilli original fashion Dancer for large bild lilli doll with white slip
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Bild lilli doll miss sweet sweet heart original small sized english version
Bild lilli doll miss sweet sweet heart original small sized english version
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Antique Small Bild Lilli doll 7.5 All Original Made in Western Germany
Antique Small Bild Lilli doll 7.5 All Original Made in Western Germany
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ORIGINAL HAUSSER BARBIE DOLL 7.5
ORIGINAL HAUSSER BARBIE DOLL 7.5" GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI
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original vintage complete 4-piece tennis outfit for big Bild-Lilli  /outfit only
original vintage complete 4-piece tennis outfit for big Bild-Lilli /outfit only
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2.0 GD GOOD GERMAN PICTURE BOOK VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 11
2.0 GD GOOD GERMAN PICTURE BOOK VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 11"
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VINTAGE 11.5 INCH BILD HONG KONG LILLI DOLL IN VINTAGE OUTFIT W/ STAND AND PAPER
VINTAGE 11.5 INCH BILD HONG KONG LILLI DOLL IN VINTAGE OUTFIT W/ STAND AND PAPER
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SEVINYL Severine Doll Caprice Bild Lilli Lalka
SEVINYL Severine Doll Caprice Bild Lilli Lalka
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Barbie Bubble Cut as
Barbie Bubble Cut as "Bild Lilli"
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Bild lilli doll
Bild lilli doll
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Sable , Severine , Lalka , Bild Lilli
Sable , Severine , Lalka , Bild Lilli
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Vintage 1962 MARX Bonnie Doll Bild Lilli Mold & Clothes Lot BCCHK Tag
Vintage 1962 MARX Bonnie Doll Bild Lilli Mold & Clothes Lot BCCHK Tag
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Vintage 1950s ~ BILD HITCHIN' LILLI CAR DASHBOARD HITCHHIKER ~ Very Rare! German
Vintage 1950s ~ BILD HITCHIN' LILLI CAR DASHBOARD HITCHHIKER ~ Very Rare! German
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Vintage German Bild Lilli Hitchhiker Doll for Gentlemen Rare & HTF #1 Barbie
Vintage German Bild Lilli Hitchhiker Doll for Gentlemen Rare & HTF #1 Barbie
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FN FINE HOLLYWOOD SWING FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
FN FINE HOLLYWOOD SWING FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5"
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Original Vintage Hong Kong Bild Bilt  Lili Doll
Original Vintage Hong Kong Bild Bilt Lili Doll
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Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Pleated Peplum Tailored Pale Blue Day Dress NO DOLL
Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Pleated Peplum Tailored Pale Blue Day Dress NO DOLL
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VERY FINE VF SWING CHAIR FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
VERY FINE VF SWING CHAIR FOR GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5"
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Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Modern Plastic Dolly Molded Ponytail
Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Barbie Modern Plastic Dolly Molded Ponytail
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very rare 7 1/2
very rare 7 1/2" brunette bild lili doll-clean-jet black hair-hong kong-clone
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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
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VINTAGE FRANCE CLONE HTF SYLVIE DOLL & BOX wearing BILD LILLI FASHION
VINTAGE FRANCE CLONE HTF SYLVIE DOLL & BOX wearing BILD LILLI FASHION
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Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Modern Plastic Dolly Molded Ponytail
Vintage Hong Kong Bild Lilli Modern Plastic Dolly Molded Ponytail
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BILD-LILLI CLONE DOLL  RARE  UNUSUAL  CLOTHES  & HAIR  VINTAGE  PRE  '60's
BILD-LILLI CLONE DOLL RARE UNUSUAL CLOTHES & HAIR VINTAGE PRE '60's
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VINTAGE MARX MISS SEVENTEEN DOLL BILD LILI BARBIE CLONE 18
VINTAGE MARX MISS SEVENTEEN DOLL BILD LILI BARBIE CLONE 18 " ORIGINAL SWIMSUIT
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VHTF RARE Bild Lilli cartoon newspaper clipping ORIGINAL item
VHTF RARE Bild Lilli cartoon newspaper clipping ORIGINAL item
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Vintage 6 Pair Barbie Bild Lilli Clone TRUE SPIKES -White Red Butterscotch +More
Vintage 6 Pair Barbie Bild Lilli Clone TRUE SPIKES -White Red Butterscotch +More
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Vintage Barbie Doll Clone Blue Evening Gown for Tressy Mitzi Babs Bild Lilli etc
Vintage Barbie Doll Clone Blue Evening Gown for Tressy Mitzi Babs Bild Lilli etc
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Vintage 11.5
Vintage 11.5" Barbie/Bild Lilli clone doll
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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

VERY RARE HTF Vintage 1950s German BILD LILLI 11 1/2" Doll in Clear Tube Stand
VERY RARE HTF Vintage 1950s German BILD LILLI 11 1/2
$7,500.00
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" GREEN DRESS
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
$3,999.99
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
$3,999.99
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" SHORTS
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5
$3,999.99

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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