Thank you to Stephen McMahon who wrote:
"This photograph shows a group of men.
Sitting on the ground in the centre front of the photograph is my
grandfather, Richard McMahon.
When my father was born in 1912, he, his wife
(Lavinia) and their elder son (Richard) lived in King's Stables Road.
The tenement was still standing a couple of years ago.
Motorised Refuse Collection
My father told me that my grandfather was one
of the first "motorised refuse collectors" in Edinburgh. I have no idea
whether or not this is true, but I have no reason to doubt him.
The only identification for the truck is on
the door. Sadly, the photographer failed to catch the full image, but it
looks to me like some kind of crest or coat of arms (a castle of some
description). The closest I can get to this is the coat of arms of
Edinburgh but I have no idea whether the coat of arms in use today is
identical to that used in the 20s."