In researching Lands End I just
assumed that the below photo (and the numerous postcard iterations
of the 19th century) actually showed Seal Rocks, but John Martini
offers a startling alternative perspective. Based on the
topography it's quite possible that this photo does NOT show Seal
Rocks. For starters this perspective would require a telephoto
lens, which didn't exist at the time. Taber purchased numerous
Watkins' views and re-released them under his own name. It's
quite possible that Taber re-titled one of Watkins photos of the
Farallon Islands as "Seal Rocks" so he could sell them at the Cliff
to Steve Ness this mystery is solved. As suspected the below
photo depicts the Farallon Islands, not Seal Rocks. See the
image further down the page, showing the original (correct) caption.
"B2191 The Seal Rocks near Cliff House, San Francisco Taber"
"2048. Sea Lions, West End, Farallon Islands. P. O."
"Watkins Pacific Coast"
Image source: Carletonwatkins.org (http://www.carletonwatkins.org/getviewbyid.php?id=1002318)
"Taber Sea Lions, West End, Farallon Islands, P.