This photograph was taken in 1917, in Princes Street,
beside the Royal Scots Greys statue, opposite the junction with Frederick
The tram on the left is not what it appears to be.
Its overhead pole was added onto the photograph to demonstrate how
an electric tram running in Princes Street would look. In some
copies of the photograph, electric cables, running above the trams with
poles to support them, were also added to the original photo.
The purpose of the photo was to demonstrate how Princes
Street would look if the cable cars (which took their power from under the
ground) were replaced by electric trams with their overhead lines.