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Vesuvio Café in North Beach, San Francisco.

Photographs in this collection have been produced by Heather Do, Connor Rowe, Kathleen Markham, Alison Lowrie, Kenneth Chiu, Katie Salmond, Diana Chavez, Elena Toffalori, Ashley Vink, Aimee O'Dea, Liz Dolinar, Allison Barden, Justine Khoury, Daniele Alaniz-Roux, and Justin Thach at the request of Michael Ashley for the UC Berkeley Anthropology 136e class, Spring 2011. The purpose was to digitally document the cultural heritage of Vesuvio Café to not only document the cultural history embeded into the ageless walls but also to connect spatially the symbiotic relationship that preserves the legacy of beatnik culture today.

Vesuvio Cafe, (37.79757°N 122.40625°W), located in the North Beach region of San Francisco Bay, is a cultural bastion preserving the heritage of the bohemian era and the beatnik culture. It was established by Henri Lenoir in 1949 and made infamous by the renowned authors such as Jack Kerouac, for whom the adjacent alley is named. The building in which the bar is housed is otherwise known as the Cavalri building, built in 1913 and expanded to include a second story in 1918. The building was designed by Zanolini with Italian Renaissance revival elements. The transient existence of the beatnik literary members and their constituents is reflected in the liminal location of the former saloon-restaurant lying between the migrant Chinese and Italian neighborhoods. By 1970[1], most of the diverse cultures regressed into economical housing . Vesuvio Café, despite its rich history reaching back to the 1950’s , is not a historically preserved site; in fact, it was rented until 1999[2] by managers Chris and Janet Clyde, whose proprietary hope was to protect the building from other commercial interest. Over the years, Vesuvio has undergone its share of renovations and damages, such as the 1999 retrofitting for earthquake safety and the 1973 damage dealt to the building by an errant bus[3]. "I'll never forget after the retro-fitting, one man came in, he was about 55 years old and in a business suit," Clyde said. "He actually had tears in his eyes when he looked at the place. He said, `You didn't change anything.' Vesuvio has kept its character as a neighborhood bar.”[4]

Photographs in this collection were shot on April 11, 2011 between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Time under variable natural lighting due to cloudy skies with intermittent periods of morning exposure conditions. Photos were captured on the following cameras: Canon DSLR XTI/T2i, S95, Sony Cybershot, Canon Powershot. Lenses used include: Macro 60mm, Telephoto 70-200, Canon T2i 18-55mm, Canon XTI 17-85mm. A tripod was used for timelapse, Gigapan, macro, telephoto, HDR, and photogrammetry shots. iPhones were also used for documentation shots and Geo-tagging. The photos were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

Description written by Kenneth Chiu, following Addison’s proposed virtual heritage metadata format in his chapter “The Vanishing Virtual” in New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage, edited by Kalay, et al., and published by Routledge in 2007.

All photos Copyright ©2011 Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley CA, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 For more information contact Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley, CA, 94720 or visit

All photos Copyright ©2011 Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley CA
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iPhone 4 line on launch day at San Francisco Apple Store 391
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Image by Steve Rhodes

There were long lines when the iPhone 4 went on sale at 7 am on Thursday, June 24th

Chris Bank got in line at midnight on Monday/Tuesday.

Joseph Lobato got in line on Tuesday

My interview with them Tuesday afternoon

Photos from Tues & Wednesday

Some of those photos on Demotix

Alexia interviews them

Yukari Iwatani Kane interviews them

(there are pictures of both of them doing interviews in the other flickr set)

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