i am in love with a girl named hilda

this is my 80th post.

i’m not sure why that is worth noting, but i am very excited to reach 100. like i have said many times before, i give up projects very easily, and it has been a big deal to me to keep noting little bits of my existence in this quiet yet autonomous place on the internet.

what have i been up to lately?

the first thing i do every single time i open my laptop (‘it’s not a laptop, it’s a macbook’ an apple-obsessed friend of mine would say) is search for information on various species of moss, how to care for wet terrariums vs. dry terrariums, and whatever strange things i have recently found at the boot sale (examples: wade whimsies… vintage long john knickers… and paper mache cat boxes.)

actually, there is a lot to learn about the interesting organism known simply as moss. if i am being honest, i didn’t understand the difference between moss and mold until i was definitely old enough to know better. i have also learned that “mossery” is not only a real word, but people began growing moss-exclusive gardens in the late 19th century, as collecting different varieties of moss was quite trendy back then.

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{moss boxes by “the fern and mossery” – my computer refuses to accept that mossery is a word and insists on changing it to ‘mosey’}

the reason for my extensive and frequent searches for information on moss:

the beloved terrarium.

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{this is the first terrarium that i built, a few weeks ago, and lo and behold i have broken the number one rule of terrarium-building: you must create either a dry terrarium or a wet terrarium. you cannot mix the two. despite the lush photo above, my moss has transformed into a brittle, brown monster, using it’s sorrowful appearance to protest the inadequate living conditions, and highlighting my ultimate failure as “plant lady.”}

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{it used to be wonderful…}

. . .

terrariums and ‘matters of the moss’ aren’t the only things i look up almost on a daily basis. i have also become obsessed with a particular female pin-up character, hilda. she was brought to life by duane bryers in the 1950’s and illustrated over and over again until the early 1980’s for american calendars. i recently [sunday] went to judy’s vintage fair in bethnal green, “the uk’s leading vintage fair” as proclaimed by their website.

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despite my refusal to overpay for the vintage label {what can i say? i’m acclimated to boot sale prices!} i was elated to find some prints of hilda, the pleasantly plump pin-up girl that i have come to adore, for sale in the snazzy chaos of vintage-mania.

i’m not only mesmerized by the images because of the artist’s acclamation of the “imperfect” woman. i love the faded color palettes, the facial expressions, the gingerly-placed flora, the charming fauna, and the whimsical feeling i get when i stumble upon a scene with hilda that i have never seen before. they are all lovely, and joyful, and warm.

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{one of my favorite images, and one that i was lucky enough to find at the vintage fair, is of hilda gazing at a frog with a leaf on her head . . . bottom left corner}

 
i didn’t walk away with much besides the prints of hilda, but after seeing so many fancy garments, i have officially added the item a pretty kimono to my mental list of “things to keep an eye out for.”

 

 – for more adorable illustrations of hilda, check out “america’s forgotten pin-up girl” and the toil girls gallery here and here

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goodnight, for now.

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