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Storyboard: Ill-Fated Expeditions

Nov 7, 2011

by Su Wu

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They say silence can be bought, and it’s the guilt that will cost you. But they must not know about this type of silence, the clear and solid sort, that stirs grand plans and something like resolve and finally lets you have your sadness.

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage ironstone flour canister from MaisonPaulette; 1940s fuzzy brown hat from nemres; Wool kilim pillow from sukan; Lithuanian felted slippers from ing00te; Handmade wallet from Volo Design; Olive green knit shorts from fuzzybazooke; “Ice: Adds So Much and Costs So Little” vintage ice pick from theamericanhomemaker]

Things that can kill you as you walk across the Arctic: polar bears, eating undercooked polar bear meat, eating polar bear liver (vitamin A poisoning), faulty stoves, dehydration, general exhaustion, hypothermia, disappointment. People who die of cold are often found naked in the snow. Apparently, your skin gets really hot right before you freeze to death, and you might take off all your clothes.

[Clockwise from top left: Vintage midcentury rya from SansEpoch; Houndstooth gloves from TagSaleFinds; Ice: 1900s diamond white gold ring from annaz1 and 1910s diamond ring from luxedeluxe; Handmade scotchmallows from champagnechocolate; Vintage Stanley super-insulated thermos from cushionchicago; Faces children’s tea set from theartlyons]

But nothing ill-fated here — that would be too easy, to be found with our arms around each other, a frozen lump with some undeveloped film to suggest the last days of our expedition: the sled laden with coffee and salami, frosted tips to our mustaches, the wrong turn at the ridge.

[Clockwise from top left: Striped vintage cardigan from Bigbrothervintage; Oatmeal cable knit sweater dress from dirtybirdiesvintage; Metronome from lilyandrubyvintage; Vintage sheepskin ankle boots from twinheartsvintage; Antique space heater from ohiopicker; Milk glass tear necklace from blackandwhitejewels; 1930s honeycomb wool blanket from 86home]

No, we made it there and back again, but it’s chilly, too, at home. That’s the thing about warming up, about ice ridges and yawning crevasses and landscapes harsh and drifting. The cold reminds you of this: only out here, in the silence, are you actually as alone as you feel.

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59 comments

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    What a story, what a concept, what a curation!

  • AuroraVk

    AuroraVk said 6 years ago

    very deep and lovely items.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Interesting article!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 6 years ago

    I love the items listed.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 6 years ago

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing! I don't think I'll be going to the north pole anytime soon!

  • ShastaBlastaMasta

    ShastaBlastaMasta said 6 years ago

    Wow, very interesting story!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article, thanks for sharing.

  • ClaudiaHorsey

    ClaudiaHorsey said 6 years ago

    I like to think of cozy when winters approaching. Very interesting :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    I love these articles, the poetry of them is just mesmerising!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 6 years ago

    Oooh! What pretty, cozy, winter things! I especially love the wallet from Volo Design!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Great picks! We like these simple things, things that inspire calm and contemplation.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago

    great story!

  • ttyr

    ttyr said 6 years ago

    So beautiful.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 6 years ago

    I love the poem about silence. I am not sure it is a poem but it poetic to me....

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 6 years ago

    I really do like those Lithuanian felted slippers!!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great post and story!

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 6 years ago

    I love your finds! Fantastic.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 6 years ago

    must pass this along to my antarctic lovin' sweetie :)

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 6 years ago

    a pretty retelling of a childhood fantasy, only in my fantasy... there was MacGyver.

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign said 6 years ago

    I am seriously digging this. I love the first part about silence... and your curation.. Bravo!

  • courtneyobanion

    courtneyobanion said 6 years ago

    Wow. This was a very interesting article. I don't think I will be visiting the Artic anytime soon. I think I'll stay bundled up on the tundra (running track at ONU) and support my school's mascot the polar bear right here in Ohio. However, I really liked the clothes!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Thought Provoking Post!!!! Wonderful Creations!!!

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed this- The scotchmallows are calling to me!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Always a treat, Su. Thanks.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 6 years ago

    Shackleton is my own favorite Antarctic explorer...a real survivor that guy!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Fab picks! I'm ready for an Artic expedition.

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits said 6 years ago

    You can never have too many wool sweaters. Awesome curation.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Great collection! Didn't know about the hypothermia thing making you feel really warm in the end.

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle said 6 years ago

    This is the first time i've seen this series - interesting info.

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 6 years ago

    I think I will enjoy this expedition on my couch, in front of the fire, with a few cats on my lap!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Great post and story! Love your shop!

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo said 6 years ago

    interesting thanks for sharing

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo said 6 years ago

    tysm for sharing this with us...very interesting

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    brr, just thinking about it makes me feel cold! although sometimes it feels like I live in the arctic!

  • Caritasgemstones

    Caritasgemstones said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    I love the ring!

  • justingeer

    justingeer said 6 years ago

    It breaks my heart to see so many shipwrecked penguins:(

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    I feel sad for the penquins

  • jamesrobinson

    jamesrobinson said 6 years ago

    I Love your Poetry.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Interesting article. Nicely picked items.

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 6 years ago

    I get the chills just thinking about it! Excellent finds!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 6 years ago

    I always enjoy your posts. Great penguin photo. Fun fact: Penguins live in the southern hemisphere, the Antarctic, there are no penguins in the Arctic, unless they were shipwrecked of course, poor fellows.

  • dirtybirdiesvintage

    dirtybirdiesvintage said 6 years ago

    lovely! ♥

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons said 6 years ago

    I loved taking this imaginative journey with you! Right up to the end. Thank you for featuring my Expressions tea cups.

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 6 years ago

    cool

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    If you like stories about real arctic incidents ...my uncle wrote the book "Endurance" which was made into an IMax movie. Quite a story. Very cold!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Your words are so captivating!

  • hardrainlight

    hardrainlight said 6 years ago

    They say silence can be bought, and it’s the guilt that will cost you. But they must not know about this type of silence, the clear and solid sort, that stirs grand plans and something like resolve and finally lets you have your sadness. Was this very nice prose written by you? And if no, by whom? Thanks!

  • alexandraarmitage

    alexandraarmitage said 6 years ago

    Very insightful post, sometimes I feel that there is nothing better for the soul than silence. Silence can bring peace that nothing else can, the kind of peace that allows one to shed and release thier inner emotions, whether that be tears, giggles, or an unheard scream to let out our demons. Then again.. silence is not for the easily lonely.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 6 years ago

    Lovely and warm collection!

  • parltradet

    parltradet said 6 years ago

    Makes me think of books I've read about ill-fated expeditons to both artic regions: Scott as number two at the South Pole and Andree never reaching the North Pole in a hot air balloon! Great post! So well-written!

  • sweetsnthings

    sweetsnthings said 6 years ago

    I was really hoping for stories about the Donner Party, but this was okay too.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful blog! The Arctic is so amazing!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    Loved the story unfolding ~*~ clever , also great finds. Those Scotchmallow- Handmades by champagnechocolate look pretty darn good right about now.

  • DelilahsAttic

    DelilahsAttic said 6 years ago

    Amazing! I can feel the desolate ice packs :) a beautiful story as well as amazing picks.

  • yourfriendlygrocery

    yourfriendlygrocery said 6 years ago

    I always love your stories. So beautiful!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    mmmm...scotchmallow

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