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Point Loma, San Diego
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 1938
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.
Point Loma, described as "where California began", is a San Diego, California seaside community. The original name of the peninsula was 'La Punta de la Loma de San Diego' (translated as the Hill Point of San Diego), and was first discovered on September 28, 1542 by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he led an expedition for the Spanish crown to explore the west coast of what is now the United States. The bayside residential area is called La Playa, and includes some of the most expensive homes in San Diego; the hills above la Playa are known as the Wooded area; and the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood above the ocean bluffs is known for its views of the Pacific Ocean.
View of the Pacific Ocean from a Point Loma road in San Diego. Several residential rooftops are visible in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-009-547 8x10
Dwellings--California--San Diego
Roads--California--San Diego
Point Loma (San Diego, Calif.)
Loma, Point (Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)
Pacific Ocean
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs

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