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Hollywood Cemetery
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.
Hollywood Cemetery (5970-6000 West Santa Monica Boulevard) was founded in 1899. Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original cemetery and is still in operation today. In 1998, the cemetery changed hands and the name was changed to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.; About two years later, the Fairbanks Garden, a memorial site for Douglas Fairbank, Sr. (1883-1939), was erected in the spot where Herman Schultheis took this photograph.
A section of the Hollywood Cemetery showing a long, rectangular body of water full of water lilies. Various trimmed bushes and trees are seen on the grounds.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-616 8x10
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cemeteries--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Bodies of water--California--Los Angeles
Lily ponds--California--Los Angeles
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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