Floating Hat – An Unusual 1870s Photo

This floating hat leaves many questions. It was suspended and photographed by Eli W Buel in 1870 for reasons unknown. The strings are only sort of visible. Was it a hat advertisement or an invisible man prank? We may never know, but I do love it!

Top hair attached to strings floating in the air.

Source: “Top Hat” (1870) by Eli W Buel. George Eastman Museum, public domain.