Since this is the first post for "Vintage Wednesday" was thought would be good to remember where Barbie "Comes from". Is she German or American? Well Lilli was German, Barbie is American.
Lilli first appear as a cartoon in a German newspaper called Bild. She became so popular between adults, as she was a creation based in a curvy gal, who knew what she wanted and how to get it, that the publication began to manufacturing the doll and sell at news stands and cigarettes kiosks.
She was first sold in Germany in august 12, 1955. Her original was the same as Barbie's, rounded and the dolls foot has holes that fit on to a prong of metal. It was accompanied by a miniature copy of the Hamburg newspaper Bild-Zeitung and the cartoon continued to run in the real journal every Sunday.
Well, we all already know that Ruth Handler visiting German saw Lilli and bla, bla, bla...we have Barbie :-)
Mattel acquired the rights to Lilli in 1964, thus her production ceased.