The photo id for this photograph is 1104, in the People album.

Manchester District Omnibus

This photo came from David Easton with the following information:-

MANCHESTER DISTRICT OMNIBUS CO

In 1906 the Manchester District Motor Omnibus Company Limited was formed by a group of London businessmen. The company office was in John Dalton Street and the garage in Trafford Park.

In March of that year they ran a series of free public demonstration trips from Albert Square.
The first public services were in Chorlton cum Hardy, Didsbury and Withington, Stretford, Cheadle and Alderley. These were prosperous areas and the residents didn't like the sight of motor buses on their quiet residential streets and soon caused problems. By Autumn 1906 services ceased and the company went into voluntary liquidation.

Manchester District did not operate a service through Furness Vale where the photograph was taken so the bus in this photo is probably on an excursion, maybe to Buxton. It is obviously posed for the cameraman and is on the wrong side of the road perhaps to take advantage of the light. The bus is probably a Milnes Daimler. In the nineteen hundreds this was the most popular manufacturer of motor buses and by 1907 over 600 were in service; the double deck model having been introduced in 1902. The company was formed as the result of an agreement between Milnes and Co of Hadley, Shropshire, and Daimler Motoren-Gesellschaft in Germany to construct motor buses and had no connection with the better known Daimler of Coventry. Milnes were well known as builders of tramcars and horse buses.

Close examination of the original print (not a digital copy) suggests that it was tampered with in the photographers studio. (an early form of photoshopping)

Photograph Furness Vale History Society, digitally coloured.

Photograph added 5th March 2015

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