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 Wilshire Professional Building was designed by Arthur E. Harvey and completed in 1929. A billboard on Wilshire Boulevard advertising Beckman Furs, a business located at 521 West Seventh Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The sign reads, "Largest exclusive fur house in the entire West." On the far left is the Wilshire Professional Building.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm. Photographic prints
Beckman Furs (Los Angeles, Calif.) Wilshire Professional Building (Los Angeles, Calif.) Billboards--California--Los Angeles Advertising--Clothing--California--Los Angeles Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles Streets--California--Los Angeles Office buildings--California--Los Angeles Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.) Schultheis Collection photographs Harvey, Arthur E