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El Cid and Foreign Arts Building, Balboa Park
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.
The Foreign Arts Building, later named the House of Hospitality, built for the 1915 Exposition is visible at center, and an equally large and elaborate building that is not identified is visible on the left. In the foreground, standing in the middle of the Plaza de Panama is a 23-foot-tall statue of El Cid Campeador, by artist Anna Hyatt Huntington. All are located within the Balboa Park premises, a 1,200-acre urban cultural park housing 15 major museums, performing arts venues, several beautiful gardens, and historic buildings.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-009-448 8x10
Cid,--approximately 1043-1099--Statues
Statues--California--San Diego
Buildings--California--San Diego
Streets--California--San Diego
Parks--California--San Diego
Architecture--California--San Diego--Spanish influences
Balboa Park (San Diego, Calif.)
San Diego (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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