Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 30th, 2011
Paul Cropper has brought to my attention an article from the Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia: 1878-1954), Monday 18 October 1937, page 5. See the item below.
The common theme running through some of these accounts is intriguing. This collective item contains a variety of large hairy creature reports. The old incidents appear to depict hominoids with large footprints, some 21 inches long, and estimated heights of the beings far above what any Bigfoot or Yeti would be. Cropper, via email, pointed out to me that this gathering of reports may relate to the notion of True Giants, as assembled in the recent book by Mark A. Hall and myself, and published at the end of 2010 by Anomalist Books.
Two of the cryptids related to True Giants include a Brazilian monster’s huge footprints, 21 inches in length, and a Bengali colossus’ seen and leaving 70 footprints, 6 inches deep, measuring 22 inches by 11 inches. The giant Mayan ape and the 1927 account of the giant Bali ape are less clear as to their affinities.
The basis of this article seems to be one T. C. Bridges. Bridges was a writer who penned what we would call cryptofiction today, as well as some factual accounts of high adventure.
For example, in 1927, the English writer T. C. (Thomas Charles) Bridges claimed to have captured a sawfish on a fishing expedition off the coast of Panama and that the fish was 9.4 m (31 ft) in length, 6.4 m (21 ft) in girth, and 2.585 t (5,700 lb) in weight. This claim is contained in his book Heroes of Modern Adventure, and has not been scientifically verified and is not considered reliable, by some authorities. The size is a problem for zoologists, but apparently not the range. Sawfish are found in tropical and sub-tropical areas in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific.
Bridges’ novel Men of the Mist involves “prehistoric creatures in a remote valley in Alaska/Canada…” and his Martin Crusoe concerns “two islands in the middle of the Sargasso Sea where descendants of Vikings occupy an island called Lemuria where there are prehistoric creatures in the island lakes…,” according to a prehistoric fiction site.
Was Bridges merely incorporating known cryptids in his stories, or was he creating them?
True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? by Mark A. Hall and Loren Coleman, NY: Anomalist Books, 2010.
Thanks to Paul Cropper, coauthor of The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot, for passing along this old article with hints of research of interest to many of us.