Online Collections

Search Tips

Quotation Marks—Enclosing a multiword phrase in quotation marks tells the search engine to list only sites that contain those words in that exact order.

The following must appear in ALL CAPS and with a space on each side.

AND—Indicates that the records found must contain all the words joined by the AND operator. For example, to find objects that contain the words wizard, oz, and movie, enter wizard AND oz AND movie.

OR—Records found must contain at least one of the words joined by OR. For example, to find objects that contain the word dog or the word puppy, enter dog OR puppy.

AND NOT—Indicates that the records found cannot contain the word that follows the term AND NOT. For example, to find objects that contain the word pets but not the word dogs, enter pets AND NOT dogs.

Miss Seventeen


When the Bild Lilli doll proved so popular among girls in the 1960s, the doll’s German manufacturer, Elastolin, licensed Louis Marx & Company to produce the dolls in the United States. By 1961 the American toy company offered its "Bonnie" and a 15-inch doll called "Miss Seventeen." At the same time, of course, Mattel was selling its successful Barbie doll, a doll very much based on the Bild Lilli doll Mattel executive Ruth Handler had seen in Europe. Because Marx had the agreement with Elastolin, it sued Mattel to stop producing Barbies. Marx’s suit, however, was unsuccessful, and Barbie remained successful for decades while Marx halted production of its “Lilli” dolls in 1964.

  • Manufacturer: Louis Marx & Company
  • Material: hard plastic | fabric | paint | metal
  • Origin: Hong Kong
  • Licenser: O. M. Hausser/Elastolin
  • Object ID: 113.6284
Creative Commons License