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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

vintage super rare dark hair bild lilli doll
vintage super rare dark hair bild lilli doll

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

Beautiful Original 11 1/2
Beautiful Original 11 1/2" Bild Lilli Doll w/Stand & #1106 Outfit PRYM Snaps

Hausser BILD LILLI 12
Hausser BILD LILLI 12" 30 cm tall

Rare Small 7.5
Rare Small 7.5" Vintage Bild Lilli in Orig Tennis Dress Prym Snaps w/ Repro Tube

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

Rare Vintage German Bild Lilly Doll 7.5 Doll with Original Outfit
Rare Vintage German Bild Lilly Doll 7.5 Doll with Original Outfit

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

Barbie Bubble Cut as
Barbie Bubble Cut 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

Vintage 1943 Original Paper Dolls Bild-a-Set Girls In Uniforms Miss America WWII
Vintage 1943 Original Paper Dolls Bild-a-Set Girls In Uniforms Miss America WWII

 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

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

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

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

 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

Hong Kong  Bild Lilli NRFB
Hong Kong Bild Lilli NRFB

BILD LILLI LALKA DOLL BARBIE CLONE NEW WITH TUBE STAND YELLOW GOWN READ HEAD
BILD LILLI LALKA DOLL BARBIE CLONE NEW WITH TUBE STAND YELLOW GOWN READ HEAD

Vintage Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli  Japanese Miss Universe
Vintage Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli Japanese Miss Universe

Vintage Bild Lilli Clone Indonesian hand made Cellulose doll RARE
Vintage Bild Lilli Clone Indonesian hand made Cellulose doll RARE

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 Bild Lilli Hong Kong Clone 12 Inches Rare brunette 1950s
Vintage Bild Lilli Hong Kong Clone 12 Inches Rare brunette 1950s

RARE HTF Willy Wildebras Brunette Dressed Bild Lilli's Sister Vintage Doll
RARE HTF Willy Wildebras Brunette Dressed Bild Lilli's Sister Vintage Doll

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

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

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

Vintage Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli White Wedding/Prom Dress Doll
Vintage Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli White Wedding/Prom Dress Doll

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"

8
8" Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli

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

18
18" MISS SEVENTEEN with OUTFITS ~ HONG KONG BILD LILLI LOOK~ALIKE

Wendy Wardrobe Babette 1960 Bild Lilli Clone Vintage Barbie Lace Coat Dress NRFB
Wendy Wardrobe Babette 1960 Bild Lilli Clone Vintage Barbie Lace Coat Dress NRFB

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 BARBIE BILD LILLI CLONE 60’s HONG KONG PLASTIC BRUNETTE
VINTAGE BARBIE BILD LILLI CLONE 60’s HONG KONG PLASTIC BRUNETTE

8
8" Bild Lilli/ Hong Kong Lilli

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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

vintage super rare dark hair bild lilli doll
vintage super rare dark hair bild lilli doll

$14,999.00
NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" OUTFIT 1113
NM- NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5

$3,999.99
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

$3,999.99
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

$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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