Secret Histories

Secret Histories

The Secret History of Abercrombie & Fitch

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and east 56th Street in Manhattan, is the flagship store for Abercrombie & Fitch, the colossal corporate clothing company that outfits millions of teens with their distinctive A&F logo. “A casual, classic, All-American lifestyle brand, synonymous with quality,” runs their own PR, for a […]

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Ernest Hemingway’s Last One Cent Coin

Today is the 120th anniversary of the birth of one of our favourite writers here at the SGE, Ernest Hemingway. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d share with you one of our favourite Hemingway stories, something we came across when visiting his house in Key West: the tale of […]

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The Mystery of the Quiet Birdmen

Whilst recently conducting some research in the archives of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, we came across a peculiar artifact: a small copper coloured membership card, stamped with what looked like blue pilot wings and a shield, and a mysterious sounding inscription. About the size of a regular business […]

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A Forgotten Island Graveyard for Sailors

Walk around the North side of Lagoon Park in Bermuda, and you’ll find a secluded cemetery set back from the road side. The graveyard rests in a small valley protected from the Atlantic winds, where palm trees sway alongside tumbled headstones, ancient obelisks and marble tombs. The small cemetery is […]

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The Ruins of East Germany’s World’s Fair

The World’s Fairs used to capture the public’s imagination. From the millions who attended such iconic Fairs as the ones held in New York in 1939-40 and 1964-65, to the nostalgia they’re viewed with today, the World’s Fairs were where people could catch glimpses of a better world; seeing such […]

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The Vanderbilt’s Abandoned Salt Water Pool

The Vanderbilts were once the richest family in America. Bankrolled by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s vast shipping and railroad empire, they spent money in an astonishing fashion during the Gilded Age, until it all disappeared, in what has become known as ‘The Fall of the House of the Vanderbilts’. The most storied […]