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Melody Lane and stores, Miracle Mile
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
[ca. 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.
The structure occupied by the storefronts is still standing, but the restaurant was later demolished and replaced with a highrise, mixed-use structure.
Looking west across S. Detroit Street at Wilshire Boulevard (lower left) showing pedestrians outside a Melody Lane Cafe and neighboring storefronts (far left). The restaurant's free parking is advertised by the sign on the left and a Wilshire Lantern is present on this Miracle Mile corner.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-004-994.2 8x10
Melody Lane (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Women--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Storefronts--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Neon signs--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Lanterns
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Detroit Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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