Hilda is a master piece of Duane Bryers, one of the best commercial illustrators of the 50’s and 60’s years. Bryers earned a living as a commercial illustrator until his early fifties and gradually found himself garnering a nice amount of attention as a fine artists who specialized in western theme paintings.
He was born in the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1911 on a farm with his three brothers and two sisters. At the age of twelve his family moved to a village in Northern Minnesota called Virginia (five miles north of Duluc according to Duane) where he lived until he left in 1939.
Bryers initially made his name back east where, in 1942, he won a National War Poster competition in New York and then went on to illustrate the syndicated comic strip “Cokey.” He continued his colorful career as a commercial artist in Chicago, but by 1956 was back in New York creating what would become the ever-popular images of “Hilda,” a plump pin-up girl, for the Brown and Bigelow calendar company.
Hilda was converted in a pin-up fetish until 90’s when the series stopped. But Hilda never was a conventional pin-up, like the word makes us understand, but she is very very sexy, anyway. With a difference: she never poses to photos, she doesn’t use make up and she is always happy and having a lot of fun.
Duane Bryers died on May 30, 2010, in Tucson at the age of 100.
Enjoy Hilda. I love her.