"Seal Rocks At Cliff House"
Postmarked July 22 1911
Photographer: Charles BierStadt
Early view from Cliff House
Glass Negative c1915 (ebay image)
"Seal Rocks by Moonlight, from Cliff House, San Francisco"
Copyright 1900, C. H. Graves
SEAL ROCKS - SAN FRANCISCO
"B 3663 Seal Rocks from Sutro Heights, S.F., Cal. Taber Photo"
Source: OAC (link)
"Complements of Bixby's Drug Store"
c.1880s Cliff House Copy Film Negative (WNPCHP)
Interesting early view off the historic Cliff House with daredevil acrobat "Jack
Williams" (aka: The Human Fly). He is pictured on top of Seal Rocks
after walking on a tightrope located between the rocks and the Cliff House
terrace level. San Francisco, California.
(The above identification was supplied by the seller and is not
"Gardner Jack Williams"
(Seller credits Gardner as the photographer)
Seal Rock Bridge
Daily Alta California - 26 Jan 1866
Daily Alta California - 27 Mar 1866
Daily Alta California - 19 Apr 1866
Daily Alta California - 1 Oct 1866
This is the last mention of the
bridge, so presumably it
was never completed.
Seal Rocks...or is it?
The below image was widely reproduced back in the
day, attributed as showing Seal Rocks, but it was apparently false
To learn more click here.
"B2191 The Seal Rocks near Cliff House, San Francisco Taber"
San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 8 1886
San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 9 1887
San Francisco Chronicle, July 7 1895
The San Francisco call - July 07, 1895
Ben Butler's obituary, San Francisco Call, July 7 1895
even made the NY Times! Click here
Ben Butler, presumably deceased and
on the way to the taxidermist
Ben Butler on
"1204 Pacific Ocean---from the Cliff House, San Francisco, Cal."
Continent Stereoscopic Co., Publishers., N. 60 Nassau Street, New York
(click for reverse) (click
for estimated camera position)
The Steamer Yale
Image courtesy of Judy Cash Collection
"Album of Sutro
Shows individual names for Seal
Rock Islands: Arch Rock, Hermit Rock, Repose Rock, Cone Rock
The San Francisco Call - Sep 28 1896
Charles Cavill swims around Seal Rock
San Francisco Chronicle - May 19, 1887
The San Francisco Examiner - Oct 16 1898
Humorous Tobacco Ad
San Bernardino - 12 Nov 1898
The San Francisco Call - Jun 22 1899
Cliff House seals peppered with bullets
The San Francisco Call - Sept 12, 1903
The Los Angeles Times - Jun 12 1904
"Foo Foo birds" visit
The San Francisco Examiner - Dec 11 1905
San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 11 1905
The San Francisco Examiner - Nov 26 1906
Strange story of seals fighting with gulls
The Evening Mail - Aug 13 1907
Seal Rocks, taken by John Freeman, 4//14/2014
"Taken from the north end of the bath ruins, on the flat area that was the
terminal side of the old Sky Train. The usual angle to photograph Seal
show the hole, but from the far side of Sutro Baths it shows up."
Seal Rocks at very low tide, taken Jan 3, 2018
Image courtesy of Don Holmes