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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

GORGEOUS 12
GORGEOUS 12" ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI DOLL TUBE STAND NEWSPAPER * PRE BARBIE*!

 Large Bild Lilli from Hausser / WITH TUBE.
Large Bild Lilli from Hausser / WITH TUBE.

Hausser Large Bild Lilli from Germany
Hausser Large Bild Lilli from Germany

Hausser Large Bild Lilli
Hausser Large Bild Lilli

HTF Barbie Doll CLONE Bild Lilli Halina's fashions of Chicago Gold Jeannie OUTFI
HTF Barbie Doll CLONE Bild Lilli Halina's fashions of Chicago Gold Jeannie OUTFI

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

Bild Lilli from Hausser
Bild Lilli from Hausser

very rare vintage original red dufflecoat for big Bild Lilli 1950's - COAT ONLY
very rare vintage original red dufflecoat for big Bild Lilli 1950's - COAT ONLY

Rare 1950's Vintage Original German Bild Lilli Doll - 7 1/2
Rare 1950's Vintage Original German Bild Lilli Doll - 7 1/2" Size Pre-Barbie

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

Hong Kong  Bild Lilli NRFB
Hong Kong Bild Lilli NRFB

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

BILD LILLI BARBIE MIDGE CLON BY MYRA CHARACTER DOLLS 50'S 60'S MARX TOYS?
BILD LILLI BARBIE MIDGE CLON BY MYRA CHARACTER DOLLS 50'S 60'S MARX TOYS?

 Vintage Fab Lu Babs Bild Lilli Barbie Clone W/ 6 Outfits & Accessories
Vintage Fab Lu Babs Bild Lilli Barbie Clone W/ 6 Outfits & Accessories

 ~ RARE VINTAGE BILD LILLI HONG KONG BARBIE BLOND PONYTAIL 11-1/2
~ RARE VINTAGE BILD LILLI HONG KONG BARBIE BLOND PONYTAIL 11-1/2 " ~ RARE!

German Bild Lilli's Sister RARE HTF Willy Wildebras Blonde Dressed W/ Orig SS
German Bild Lilli's Sister RARE HTF Willy Wildebras Blonde Dressed W/ Orig SS

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

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

Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Red Fitted Sweater Black Detail Capri Pants Belt
Lalka Bild Lilli Doll Outfit Red Fitted Sweater Black Detail Capri Pants Belt

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

CUSTOM BILD LILLI DOLL STAND, TUBE, BRASS ROD, & NEWSPAPER!
CUSTOM BILD LILLI DOLL STAND, TUBE, BRASS ROD, & NEWSPAPER!

Vintage Barbie Clone Lilli Lola or Bild Lilli Hong Kong Lilli 1950s
Vintage Barbie Clone Lilli Lola or Bild Lilli Hong Kong Lilli 1950s

Antique 2.5
Antique 2.5 " Steiff woolen Bild Barbie poodle all IDs Nancy Ann Muffie dog pal

German Bild Lilli Clone Marx Toy's Miss Marlene 7.5
German Bild Lilli Clone Marx Toy's Miss Marlene 7.5"

Vintage Uneeda Wendy Barbie Bild Lilli Clone Doll w/Theater Date Outfit w/Box
Vintage Uneeda Wendy Barbie Bild Lilli Clone Doll w/Theater Date Outfit w/Box

GORGEOUS GERMAN DIRNDL DRESS / PRYM SNAPS / FOR BILD LILLI BARBIE FASHION DOLL
GORGEOUS GERMAN DIRNDL DRESS / PRYM SNAPS / FOR BILD LILLI BARBIE FASHION DOLL

 VINTAGE BARBIE BILD LILLI CLONE HONG KONG DOLL 1960's TNT BODY SUIM SUIT RARE.
VINTAGE BARBIE BILD LILLI CLONE HONG KONG DOLL 1960's TNT BODY SUIM SUIT RARE.

FAB ARTIST REPRO BARBIE MAKE OVER VINTAGE BRUNETTE BILD LILLI LOOK  AFKA JOSHARD
FAB ARTIST REPRO BARBIE MAKE OVER VINTAGE BRUNETTE BILD LILLI LOOK AFKA JOSHARD

FAB ARTIST REPRO BARBIE MAKE OVER BLOND BUBBLECUT BILD LILLI LOOK  AFKA JOSHARD
FAB ARTIST REPRO BARBIE MAKE OVER BLOND BUBBLECUT BILD LILLI LOOK AFKA JOSHARD

BILD LILLI  ooak doll 12 inches   custom
BILD LILLI ooak doll 12 inches custom

Vintage 4 Pc Outfit fits Uneeda Barbie Bild Lilli Mitzi Tressy Clone Sz Dolls NM
Vintage 4 Pc Outfit fits Uneeda Barbie Bild Lilli Mitzi Tressy Clone Sz Dolls NM

Repro Bild Lilli fashion #1109 Poplindress!  Lalka!  Pretty Penny!
Repro Bild Lilli fashion #1109 Poplindress! Lalka! Pretty Penny!

VINTAGE BILD LILLI CLONE DOLL BY UNEEDA WENDY W/HANDMADE LACE DRESS
VINTAGE BILD LILLI CLONE DOLL BY UNEEDA WENDY W/HANDMADE LACE DRESS

Vintage Barbie Bild Lilli CLONE with beautiful dress-50s-60s EUC
Vintage Barbie Bild Lilli CLONE with beautiful dress-50s-60s EUC

Vintage Barbie Bild Lilli Fab Lu Candlelight Sheath Dress Jacket Variation EXC
Vintage Barbie Bild Lilli Fab Lu Candlelight Sheath Dress Jacket Variation EXC

Doll Barbie Clone Bild Lilli Hong Kong Blonde  7.5
Doll Barbie Clone Bild Lilli Hong Kong Blonde 7.5" 1960s

Vintage Elite Wendy 2 Pc Outfit fits Uneeda Barbie Bild Lilli Clone Sz Dolls NM
Vintage Elite Wendy 2 Pc Outfit fits Uneeda Barbie Bild Lilli Clone Sz Dolls NM

Vintage Rare Bild Lilli Doll Barbie Clone Black Long Hair  Nice 11 1/4
Vintage Rare Bild Lilli Doll Barbie Clone Black Long Hair Nice 11 1/4" No Res

Vintage Brunette Ponytail BARBIE DOLL, BILD LILLI HongKong Camay Clone-Excellent
Vintage Brunette Ponytail BARBIE DOLL, BILD LILLI HongKong Camay Clone-Excellent

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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

GORGEOUS 12" ORIGINAL GERMAN BILD LILLI DOLL TUBE STAND NEWSPAPER * PRE BARBIE*!
GORGEOUS 12

$3,999.00
Large Bild Lilli from Hausser / WITH TUBE.
 Large Bild Lilli from Hausser / WITH TUBE.

$3,999.00
Hausser Large Bild Lilli from Germany
Hausser Large Bild Lilli from Germany

$3,499.00
Hausser Large Bild Lilli
Hausser Large Bild Lilli

$2,600.00

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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