The Strand Magazine

The Strand Magazine

The Strand Magazine
Bound volume of The Strand Magazine for January–June 1894 featuring George Charles Haité's cover design
Frequency Monthly
First issue January 1891
Final issue
— Number
March 1950
Company George Newnes Ltd
Country UK
Language English

The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine founded by [1] though the first issue was on sale well before Christmas 1890. Its immediate popularity is evidenced by an initial sale of nearly 300,000. Sales increased in the early months, before settling down to a circulation of almost 500,000 copies a month which lasted well into the 1930s. It was edited by Herbert Greenhough Smith from 1891 to 1930. The magazine's original offices were in Burleigh Street off The Strand, London. It was revived in 1998 as a quarterly magazine.


  • Fiction 1
  • Puzzles 2
  • Cover 3
  • Final days 4
  • 1998 revival 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


The Edgar Wallace, Max Beerbohm, P. G. Wodehouse, Dornford Yates and Winston Churchill. Once a sketch drawn by Queen Victoria of one of her children appeared with her permission.[2]


In addition to the many fiction pieces and illustrations, The Strand was also known for some time as the source of ground-breaking brain teasers, under a column called "Perplexities", first written by Henry Dudeney. Dudeney introduced many new concepts to the puzzle world, including the first known crossnumber puzzle, in 1926. In that same year, Dudeney produced an article, "The Psychology of Puzzle Crazes", reflecting and analysing the demand for such works. He edited Perplexities from 1910 until he died in 1930. G.H. Savage became the column's editor, soon to be joined by William Thomas Williams (as W.T. Williams), who in 1935 authored the best-known cross-figure puzzle of today. The puzzle goes by many names, the original being "The Little Pigley Farm". It has also been known as "Dog's Mead", "Little Pigley", "Little Piggly Farm", "Little Pigsby", "Pilgrims’ Plot", and "Dog Days".


The magazine's iconic cover, an illustration looking eastwards down London's Strand towards

  • by Chris WillisStrand Magazine1998 description of historic
  • Chronology of Recreational Mathematics, by David Singmaster
  • The Little Pigley Farm crossnumber puzzle and its history by Joel Pomerantz
  • from January 1891–1922 December, at Internet Strand MagazinePublic domain scans of the first 384 issues of
  • Excerpts from The Strand Magazine (including the first Sherlock Holmes stories).
  • magazine 1891–1930"The Strand". Studiumfashl magazine. , an index of the fiction
  • The Strand magazineIndexing - article by Geradine Beare, 1984.
  • archivesThe Strand Magazine,

External links

  • Pound, Reginald, A Maypole in the Strand (Ernest Benn, 1948).
  • Pound, Reginald, The Strand Magazine: 1891–1950 (Heinemann 1966).
  • Beare, Geraldine, Index to The Strand Magazine, 1891–1950 (Greenwood Press, 1982).
  • Ashley, Mike, The Age of the Storytellers (British Library, 2006).
  • Pittard, Christopher, "Cheap, Healthful Literature": The Strand Magazine, Fictions of Crime, and Purified Reading Communities, Victorian Periodicals Review 40:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 1–23.

Further reading

  1. ^ Ashley, Mike. The Age of the Storytellers, The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, p. 196. 2006. ISBN 0-7123-0698-6
  2. ^ , Volume 1, Issue 3 (March 1891), pp. 226ff"The Strand Magazine". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ Ashley, p. 205.
  4. ^ Julia Keller. "Tough guys, unite". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Willis, Chris. "history of the Strand Magazine". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Lost Agatha Christie story to be published in U.S.". Reuters. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Unpublished Tennessee Williams Story to Appear". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 


The Strand was brought back into publication in 1998 as a quarterly magazine, now based in Birmingham, Michigan.[4] It has published fiction by many well-known writers including John Mortimer, Ray Bradbury, Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, Edward Hoch, James Grippando, and Tennessee Williams.[5][6][7]

The Strand Magazine
Frequency Quarterly
First issue December 1998
Country United States
Language English
Website .comstrandmag

1998 revival

The magazine format changed to the smaller digest size in October 1941.[3] The Strand Magazine ceased publication in March 1950, forced out of the market by declining circulation and rising costs. Its last editor was Macdonald Hastings, distinguished war correspondent and later TV reporter and contributor to the Eagle boys' comic.

Final days