Secret Histories

Secret Histories

Life in Isolation – The Futuro House!

Silently, they stand like sentinel beings. Some are half hidden in forests, others perched on rocky outcrops overlooking towns, whilst a few lie rusting and forgotten in people’s back gardens. Sleek and egg shaped, you could be forgiven for mistaking them for flying saucers, the rows of windows looking not […]

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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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When Germany Nearly Blew Up the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps America’s most iconic monument. Thousands come everyday to walk around the outside, climb the pedestal and make the long ascent into the crown to enjoy the spectacular views of Manhattan. What most people don’t know, is that once you were able to climb even […]

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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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Discovering the Wreckage of an RAF Bomber in Provence

Hidden deep in a valley of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in Southern France, is a plain wooden sign, that simply says ‘l’Avion’. It points to a disused dirt track that descends deeper into the valley for over 4 miles. You pass more signs also marked ‘the plane’, until you eventually find a […]

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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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How the Doomed Soviet Concorde Created a French Ghost Town

The setting could be any small village in France: winding lanes filled with teal shuttered cottages, a charming main square with a small school, café and boulangerie, and a church whose bells have beckoned the villagers to Mass for over seven hundred years. The only thing missing are people. We’re […]

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The Forgotten Embassy of the Republic of Texas

There is an obscure alleyway in London that has a small brass plaque mounted on the wall. Hidden away off busy St. James’s Street, the plaque is rarely ever seen or known about. But it is all that remains of what was once a vast country — a Republic over […]

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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 […]