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View across Pershing Square
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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.
This view looking northeast from Sixth and Olive toward 5th is shot from the top of the Heron Building, located at 510 W. 6th Street. Pershing Square is visible, as is the Biltmore Hotel (506 South Grand Avenue), the Philharmonic Auditorium (427 W. 5th Street), Title Guarantee Trust (411 W. 5th Street) and the Pershing Square Building (448 South Hill Street).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-040 8x10
Title Guarantee Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Philharmonic Auditorium (Organization : Los Angeles, Calif.)
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Auditoriums--California--Los Angeles
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Pershing Square (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cityscape photographs
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Time Period

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