Meet the lil chickadee by "The Blackberry Briar!" I was so lucky to receive this wonderful surprise in the mail, from Michelle "Tinkerbell" in my Christmas swap! She knows I like her dolls and birds soooo much , and she made this lil "dee dee" especially for me! I love everything soooo much!!! Thank you Tink! MWAH!!! She also sent me a huge box of scented candles and tarts that she makes and sells! They are wonderful, and of the finest quality and scent! Here is her blog for more information... http://theblackberrybriar.typepad.com/
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 productionhad 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.
It is one of the trees auctioned....at the "Festival Of Trees" an annual event in my hometown. The trees are dontated and all of the money goes to help buy warm winter coats for children. It is a very fun and worthwhile event.....This tree ended up selling for 325 dollars :)