SAHARA Highlights: Eating and Drinking

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Oct 05, 2018

Hungry? Thirsty? This month we look at restaurants, cafes, pubs, diners, food stalls, and more in the SAHARA collection. They span the globe, and as usual there was an enormous breadth to choose from. Please explore the amazing contributions from our members and discover how rich the collection is.

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NEWS: We are happy to announce that SAHARA and the Color Film Emergency Project are now contributing to the Artstor public collections, which make content open to any visitor. So far our SAH collection has over 1,500 images, while the SAH/UCRiverside/Gluck CFEP project has 270 images. (See this announcement from JSTOR Forum!)

MORE NEWS: JSTOR Forum (the contribution side of SAHARA) has a new interface – try it out! (You can still access the old interface until the end of 2018.)

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The Pink Taco, formerly The Players Club, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, originally built as a private home in 1926.The Players Club was established by director Preston Sturges in 1940 and became a favorite hangout of Hollywood celebrities until its closure in 1953. Photo by Dell Upton, 2013.

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Café in the Hotel Havana Riviera, Havana, Cuba.Designed by Polevitzky, Johnson and Associates, 1957. Photo by Erica Morawski, 2012.

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Cheering Beer Collection (pub), Hanoi, Vietnam. Designed by H&P Architects, 2014. Photo by Dell Upton, 2014.

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The Clam Box, Ipswich, Massachusetts, ca. 1935.This building is one of several examples in SAHARA of mimetic architecture. Photo by Patrick Malone, 1987.

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The café in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. Designed by SANAA, 2004. Photo by Lisa Hsieh, 2006.

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Roadside house and restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia, ca 2000. Photo by Dell Upton, 2006.

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Queenstown Duchess Estate Food Centre, Singapore, 1969. Part of a Housing and Development Board project outside the city center, providing permanent space for street vendors, it was demolished 2011. Photo by Dell Upton, 2005.

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Restaurant at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 1970. The hotel is owned by the Thai royal family; it will be demolished and replaced by a new structure beginning 2019. Photo by Mark Hinchman, 2017.

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The oldest continuously operating McDonald’s restaurant, 1953 (restored after the 1994 Northridge earthquake), Downey, California. Photo by Dell Upton, 2010.




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