Sunday, December 21, 2008

The beginnings of "BARBIE!"

In the beginning Lilli was a German cartoon character, created by Reinhard Beuthien for the tabloid Bild-Zeitung in Hamburg, Germany. In 1953 the Bild-Zeitung decided to market a Lilli doll and contacted Max Weissbrodt from the toy company O&M Hausser in Neustadt/Coburg, Germany.
Following Beuthien's drawings Weissbrodt designed the prototype of the doll which was on sale from 1955 to 1964 when
Mattel acquired the rights of the doll so the German production had to stop.

Until then production numbers reached 130000.

Lilli came as a dressed doll, with additional fashions sold separately. Her fashions mirror the lifestyle of the Fifties: she had outfits for parties, the beach and tennis as well as cotton dresses, pajamas and poplin suits. In her last years, her wardrobe consisted mainly of "Dirndl" dresses. Lilli´s dresses always have very special patent fasteners(forgery proof) marked "PRYM".

Today Lilli is a collector's piece as
Barbie is, and commands prices of several thousand Euros.

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