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Periodicals in Little Tokyo
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features "Fantasia" and "Pinocchio." His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for "Fantasia," is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
Edda Mussolini (1910-1995) was the eldest daughter of Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. In 1930 she married Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Galeazzo Ciano, and hence became Edda Ciano, Countess of Cortellazzo and Buccari. In 1943, her husband voted against his father-in-law in the Fascist Grand Council, and was arrested for treason, tried and executed. Edda escaped to Switzerland, managing to smuggle out secret wartime diaries which revealed much of the secret history of the Fascist regime between 1939 and 1943, and which are considered a prime historical source. After returning to Italy, she was detained on the island of Lipari and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for aiding Fascism. Edda Ciano died in Rome in 1995.
Partial view of a Little Tokyo shop which shows several periodicals, small flags and decorative lanterns hanging along the entrance. One Life magazine (lower middle) is dated July 24, 1939 and shows Edda Ciano on the front cover in a feature entitled "Lady of the Axis".
1 photographic print :b&w ;14 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-011-198 8x10
Ciano, Edda Mussolini,--Contessa--Portraits
Stores & shops--California--Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
Japanese language
Fans--California--Los Angeles
Lanterns--California--Los Angeles
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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