Before They Were Nightclubs
Before they turned into pseudo-nightclubs, Abercrombie & Fitch stores used to be where adventurers and outdoorsmen would get their gear. Above are some rare images from 1913. Taken from the Museum of the City of New York’s archives, and found via my friend CrimsonSox.
Unusual Victorian Renaissance revival hexagonal terrarium. English, Circa 1860-70
The six canted glass sides of the top and bottom section all framed with well carved moldings and details including gothic arches. The collection of rare plants from all over the world was a popular pastime as well as a serious pursuit. Easier travel advanced the sciences, especially botany. “Collectors” would show off their field specimens and treasures at home in these specially made, often elaborate, display cases. The terrarium is a direct descendent of the Wardian case (invented 1829 by Dr. Nathaniel Ward) which can closely replicate the Earth’s water cycle, trapping and recycling the available moisture and encouraging growth.