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Photo of San Francisco Harbor c1865 Photo of San Francisco Harbor c1865 Photo of San Francisco Harbor c1865 Photo of San Francisco Harbor c1865 Photo of San Francisco Harbor c1865

San Francisco Harbor Photo, c1875.

Carleton E. Watkins probably stood on Telegraph Hill around 1865 and photographed this tranquil scene of three-masted ships in San Francisco's harbor. The steam-powered Oakland Ferry is seen, along with Yerba Buena Island.

Watkins went bankrupt in 1875, and his studio was acquired by Isaiah West Taber, who continued the production of photographs and stereoviews. This photograph is most probably Taber's period print of a Watkins negative.

Taber's studio was located at 8 Montgomery St., San Francisco, over the Hibernia Bank. His advertisement in the 1884 San Francisco Directory invited customers to "Ascend In Elevator." Apparently, Taber was doing quite well!

This is an ORIGINAL photo in heavy card stock. "B 862 San Francisco Bay" and "Taber Photo San Francisco" identify this one of many scenes around San Francisco. The 1906 earthquake destroyed Taber's studio and all his work. However, this one survived! Measures 7-5/8"" by 9-3/8". $250.

Not interested? Perhaps you might like these:
Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and San Francisco Writers
The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld


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