Portrait of a Towel Salesman: “French Towels, Turkish Towels, Bath Towels, Welsh Towels, Swedish Towels, Towels of all Kind.” Note the salesman is wearing clothes made of towels (love the pants), and is holding a bell.
A number of Victorian photographers combined images from more than one negative to create illusions or novelty portraits. "Headless Photographs" featured men and women with "their heads floating in the air or in their laps".
This photo bears the caption "Master E Garratt - The Little Stranger". It refers to a character in a 1906 London play of the same name. Edward Garratt was the eponymous star of the farce, a small man who usurps a baby’s position and causes general havoc in a household. Hence the unusual styling of the photo, with the child smoking and wearing a monocle.