From Wiki: "Gentlemen began to wear the top hat at the end of the 18th century... and developed from a fashion into a symbol of urban respectability... The top hat is sometimes associated with the upper class, becoming a target for satirists and social critics. It was particularly used as a symbol of capitalism in cartoons in socialist and communist media, long after the headgear had been abandoned by those satirized. It was a part of the dress of Uncle Sam and used as a symbol of U.S. monopoly power. The character Rich Uncle Pennybags, who personifies financial monopoly in the board game Monopoly, wears a top hat."
Here we see a descendant of Rich Uncle Pennybags. Keeping the memory of his dear departed wife, Penelope Pennybags, in his heart, Milburn Pennybags has spent all his "pennies" on the finest transportation of the day in search of his own fortune - which turns out to be just a mirage. Like discovering that the real Wizard of Oz was just an ordinary man playing with illusions, ol' Pennybags finds the top hat is just a mechanical device of an ancient civilization, supposedly used to control the minds of the populace, and left to decay in the sands of a distant land. Oddly, Milburn's adventure is also an illusion, just a figment of his imagination. (5 years and 2173 days ago)