This photograph of a One Ton Daimler Van (cost £517 2s.9d.) was
taken at Blair Street in February 1903. The driver in this
photograph is Davie Small. The packer is John Combe.
The van belonged to Milnes, stationers, and was used to transport goods
between their newly opened Bowersburn Works in Leith and Blair Street,
near the Tron Kirk
in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
The quotation on the side of the van is "Boons & Blessings". I
remember seeing an old enamel advertising sign in Blair Street in the
1960s that read:
"They come as a boon and a blessing to men,
The Pickwick, the Owl, and the Waverley Pen."