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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" 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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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
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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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Vintage Bild Lilli doll original
Vintage Bild Lilli doll original
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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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 Ultra Rare Bild Lilli doll 7.5
Ultra Rare Bild Lilli doll 7.5"
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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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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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Bild Lilli Outfit #1134
Bild Lilli Outfit #1134
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Vintage Bild Lilli Blouse/Pants with Rare Mushroom Orn.  (for11.5”Lilli) no doll
Vintage Bild Lilli Blouse/Pants with Rare Mushroom Orn. (for11.5”Lilli) no doll
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Vintage Bild Lilli in Rare Blouse/Pants with Orn. ( for “11.5 Lilli) - no doll
Vintage Bild Lilli in Rare Blouse/Pants with Orn. ( for “11.5 Lilli) - no doll
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Bild Lilli Outfit #1106
Bild Lilli Outfit #1106
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Bild Lilli Outfit  #1159
Bild Lilli Outfit #1159
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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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Bubblecut,Bild LILLI  Clone Barbie Rare. Gorgeous
Bubblecut,Bild LILLI Clone Barbie Rare. Gorgeous
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Vintage 1950's BILD LILLI Swim Suit & Jacket for 7-1/2
Vintage 1950's BILD LILLI Swim Suit & Jacket for 7-1/2" Doll
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Sylvain , Severine , Lalka , Bild Lilli
Sylvain , 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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VTG Bild Lilli Doll Sz Red w Ultra Rare VS German Petra #3 Baden Baden Dress
VTG Bild Lilli Doll Sz Red w Ultra Rare VS German Petra #3 Baden Baden Dress
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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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Vintage lot of Barbie case and clothes Midge Ken Barbie doll Clones Bild Lilli?
Vintage lot of Barbie case and clothes Midge Ken Barbie doll Clones Bild Lilli?
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VTG Dress Black Strapless Lace Disco Dater #1807 Style Barbie Babs Bild Lilli
VTG Dress Black Strapless Lace Disco Dater #1807 Style Barbie Babs Bild Lilli
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VTG DEBBIE IN DIFFERENT MOOD DOLL RARE! BILD LILLY BARBIE CLONE
VTG DEBBIE IN DIFFERENT MOOD DOLL RARE! BILD LILLY BARBIE CLONE
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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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Vintage Gordon Hawaiian Dress Blue / Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli Jamie Stacey sz
Vintage Gordon Hawaiian Dress Blue / Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli Jamie Stacey sz
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Vintage Floral Dress Tag BCCHK Hong Kong Barbie Doll Bild Lilli Babs Suzette sz
Vintage Floral Dress Tag BCCHK Hong Kong Barbie Doll Bild Lilli Babs Suzette sz
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Vintage Bild Lilli Barbie Doll Clone 11.5 Inch w/ Barbie Outfit Dress (h649)
Vintage Bild Lilli Barbie Doll Clone 11.5 Inch w/ Barbie Outfit Dress (h649)
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Vintage Puttin On The Ritz BCCHK Tag VHTF Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli Mitzi sz
Vintage Puttin On The Ritz BCCHK Tag VHTF Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli Mitzi sz
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Rara Original 1956 BILD LILLI  German Barbie Predecessor Ad Advertisement
Rara Original 1956 BILD LILLI German Barbie Predecessor Ad Advertisement
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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 Leopard Collar Cape Brown Strapless Dress Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli sz
Vintage Leopard Collar Cape Brown Strapless Dress Barbie Doll Babs Bild Lilli sz
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Vintage 1960s Lalka 12
Vintage 1960s Lalka 12" Redhead Bild Lilli Reproduction Plastic Doll HEAD ONLY
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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
$4,387.50
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
NM NEAR MINT ORIGINAL GERMAN VINTAGE BILD LILLI HAUSSER BARBIE 7.5" TENNIS
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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