Friday, 14 September 2012
The Edwardians' fear of massive insects.
If the good people at TNT hadn't delivered the bonus of a massive spider to my house today (along with the table, I was having delivered), I wouldn't have stumbled upon these excellent pictures - so, thank you, TNT.*
In the article, ordinary British insects have been enlarged and entered into contemporary London street scenes, all for no readily apparent reason.
“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!”
(Yeah, but they aren’t.)
“A Lacewing Fly Spreads Consternation in Wellington Street.”
“Terrible Attack by a Larva of the Puss-Moth at Covent Garden.”(I think I remember this one - it was in all the papers.)
“Fierce Onslaught by an Earwig in St. James’s Street.”
“The Araneus Diadema Spider Descends Upon Trafalgar Square.”
*Having gone mano-a-spido with the beast, I emerged victorious. Though it was touch-and-go for a while there.