One of the first LGOC motor buses, with Swiss-built 'Orion' chassis and horse bus body (offside three-quarter front view). Seen with passengers on upper deck, driver and conductor, the latter standing on the road at the rear. The bus is operating the Hammersmith to Piccadilly Circus route, via Kensington, and has stopped by some railings.
Unknown photographer, Dec 1904 - 1906
Image no: U7429
Inventory no: 1998/75417
20th Century London caption: This is one of the first London General Omnibus Company motorbuses. It was constructed by fitting a Swiss-built Orion chassis to the body of an older horse bus. The bus is operating the Hammersmith to Piccadilly route, via Kensington, as the sign on its side says. The 'Pears' advertising sign is much more prominent than the bus's destination. This soap was so well known that the advert did not need to stipulate what the product was. Men in top or bowler hats and women in equally fine headgear are on the upper deck. They are riding outside even though it was winter. The conductor is standing beside the bus.