Samuel "Marshmallow" Pepys


Samuel "Marshmallow" Pepys

Questions of legendary import

by Robin Abrahams, AIR staff

The English writer Samuel Pepys (who lived from 1633-1703, and whose name was pronounced "peeps") produced a diary that is now much-celebrated. We at the Annals of Improbable Research have recently come into possession of an intriguing photograph, which is reproduced here:

Samuel "Marshmallow" Pepys

Is there a relationship between the photo, its subject, and the diarist Samuel Pepys? We know not. Who took the photograph, where, when, under what circumstances -- and above all, why -- are all questions for scholars of English history, of Pepys, of peeps, and of marsh mallow to address.


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