In 1909, The Strand Magazine Imagined What Would Happen If Giant Insects Attacked London – Design You Trust

In 1909, The Strand Magazine Imagined What Would Happen If Giant Insects Attacked London

The Strand was a monthly magazine of short fiction and general interest articles, a sort of London version of The New Yorker. It was published in the UK from 1891 to 1950, running to 711 issues. The magazine’s offices were on Burleigh Street off The Strand, London, hence the name.

h/t: vintag.es

The Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were first published in The Strand. With the serialization of Doyle’s The Hound Of The Baskervilles, readers lined up outside the magazine’s offices, waiting to get the next installment. Other contributors to the magazine included: H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Rudyard Kipling, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse and Winston Churchill.

In 1909, they ran an alarming feature: If Insects Were Bigger. The editors inserted photographs of ordinary insects into contemporary Edwardian London street scenes, with rather terrifying results, writing:

“What a terrible calamity, what a stupefying circumstance, if mosquitoes were the size of camels, and a herd of wild slugs the size of elephants invaded our gardens and had to be shot with rifles!”

”It is true we are still molested by hordes of wild animals of bloodthirsty propensities. These wild animals only lack the single quality–namely, that of size–to render them all-powerful and all-desolating, and this quality they have not been able to attain owing to the lack of favouring conditions.”

The Strand piece was an early part of a trend and may have been an influence on the Cold War allegory “Giant Bug” films a half century later: Them! is the 1954 American black-and-white science fiction giant insect movie from Warner Bros. Mothra (1961) features a giant moth that attacks Japan and spawns 10 sequels. The Deadly Mantis (1957) has 200-foot-long praying mantis, trapped in the ice at the North Pole for millions of years and revived by global warming, that brings havoc and terror to the USA.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

The Superb Detailed Low Poly Art Of Ben Regimbal
Illustrator Pascal Blanché Is Building A Stunning Sci-Fi Universe
Bloody Conan and The Beloved Superheroes: Comic Illustrations by Mahmud Asrar
"Edge Of Tomorrow": Amazing Sci-Fi Digital Artworks By Simon Goinard
Artist Highlights The Problems Of Our Society Through Haunting Illustrations
This Instagram Account Documents All The Strange And Funny Things That Kids Say
This Artist Is Ruining Our Childhoods by Revealing The Secrets Of Our Beloved Characters
Pixelated Christmas Ornaments For Your Retro Christmas Tree
"Pathologic": Imaginative, Bizarre and Otherworldy Paintings of Peter Ferguson
Ornate & Highly Decorative 3D Typography by Katt Phatt
Artist Inserts People From Classical Paintings Into The Modern World, And The Result Is Surprisingly Fitting
Stunning Photos From The Sixth Haworth Steampunk Annual Weekend
Artist Asked People On The Internet To Give Her Random Emoji Combinations And Then She Drew Them
"Star Wars" Characters Brilliantly Reimagined As "Calvin And Hobbes"
This Artist From Thailand Creates Incredible Illustrations With Futuristic Details And Fantastic Creatures
Amazing Old Photos that Capture the Everyday Life in New York City in The 1940s
"Compliments of Chicago": Gang Business Cards from the 1970s and 1980s
3D Street Art by Aakash Nihalani
United Colors of Ukraine
The Zelda Project
The Owl Girl and The Shawarma Man: Anime Art by Rino Park Based on References
Snowfall Makes Cars Happy: Someone Drew Eyes And Smiles On The Snow That Fell On The Cars
Amazing Photographs Capture Punk Scenes in East Germany During the 1980s
Colombian Makeup Artist Creates Mind-Boggling Optical Illusions