This month’s Crocodile Mystery comes from a 17th-century publication:
What’s going on in this photo? Please speculate, elucidate, and/or procrastinate in the “Comments” section.
Also, in case you, like I, had misremembered the source of the catchphrase we use for our monthly WTF (“What-the-Folger”) post, “What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?” is a line from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, act 2, scene 7. Lepidus asks what a crocodile looks like, and Antony unhelpfully explains that it’s crocodile-shaped, crocodile-sized, and the exact same color as a crocodile.1
Check back next week to find out more about the source of this photo, and to learn which Folger staff member forgot where the “Crocodile” quotation came from.