Cliff House Project
A Program of Western Neighborhoods Project

 

1868

Front Beach View Oceanside Interior Floor Plan Newspaper Misc


 

 


Reverse: "Yours truly as we appeared on the beach at Seal Rock, July 89" (reverse)
Image courtesy of Mary Hountalas

 

 


"6667  CLIFF HOUSE AND SEAL ROCKS"
Image Courtesy of Robert Tat Gallery - www.roberttat.com

 


"Cliff House, 4th of July"  (reverse)
(year not indicated)

 


"6668  CLIFF HOUSE AND SEAL ROCKS"
Image Courtesy of Robert Tat Gallery - www.roberttat.com

 


"6669  APPROACH TO CLIFF HOUSE"
"Eclipse Champagne", "Phoenix Bourbon
Image Courtesy of Robert Tat Gallery - www.roberttat.com

 


"6669A  SUTRO HEIGHTS AND CLIFF HOUSE"
Image Courtesy of Robert Tat Gallery - www.roberttat.com

 

 


"CH-35"
Scan from an 8x5"glass negative, likely from the collection of Martin Behrman (based on the CH-35 ID)

 


"A J McDonald"   "CLIFF HOUSE & SEAL ROCK, S.F."   "No. 5 Market St."
Courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke Collection
 

 


"BEHRMANS COLLECTION, CH-3 CLIFF HOUSE & SEAL ROCKS S.F. 1887"
scan from copy negative

 


A J McDonald, Photographer (reverse)

 


Courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke Collection

 

 


"High Tide, Ocean Side", Perkins

 

 

 


"CH-38"

 

 

 


Click here for reverse


 



Note the banner visible above the stables (enlarged below)
(reverse)
 

It wasn't clear what that structure was until the below mage was discovered...


Image from Facebook
 


 


Courtesy of Glenn D Koch Collection
 

 


Courtesy of Frank Mitchell

 


"2780 Cliff House, San Francisco.  Taber Photo"
Signage: "Moxie"
 



Note the fence signs:  "Damascus Perfume Palace, Phelan Blk", "King B Bitters & Liver Cure"
(click here for photograph reverse)

Analysis by Frank Sternad, 8/18/2013

"Everything about the photo points to the mid-1880s: Sutro has given the Cliff House a new coat of paint, Taber is at 8 Montgomery St., and the only ad I have for the Bitters is 1884 (see below). Archibald Stoddart and his brother James ran their Damascus Perfumery Palace at 826 Market in the Phelan Bldg. Their peak was 1884-85. I've attached a scan of a face powder sample envelope that lists the products and their two locations. They packaged their liquid perfumery in a small (3 to 4 fl oz) amber glass bottle that was heavily embossed."

 

 

 


 

 




 



Note the small structure where the road leaves the beach.  This is the only photo I've seen that shows it.  Possibly a toll booth?  See:  link  link2
Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke


The San Francisco Examiner - Mar 19 1875
 


 


 

 


Continent Stereoscopic Company




EXTRA CREDIT to anyone who can identify the structure on the beach, foreground left side.


 


"Cliff House and Seal Rocks, San Francisco."
"Johnston & Co., Photo."
"Complements of W. T. Crane's Lemon Drop Package, 100 Stockton St." (rev)

 


Courtesy of Frank Mitchell

 

 


Cliff House
M.M. Hazeltine, Photographer

 


Courtesy of Frank Mitchell

 


"The Merry Little Maiden playing in the Surf, San Francisco, Cal."
Based on the tall fence (right of Cliff House) and the destruction by fire of the Cliff House (Dec 1894) this photo was taken in 1894.
Copyright 1895 by B.W. Kilburn