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Franklin and Radio in Los Feliz
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.
Vitagraph Studios started on the East Coast, but opened a West Coast studio at 4151 Prospect Avenue at the corner of Prospect Avenue (far left) and Talmadge Street in 1915. From 1925 through the 1940s the studio was owned by Warner Brothers as an East Hollywood annex. In 1948, it was bought by the American Broadcasting Network and was known as ABC Television Center. In 1996 ABC became part of the Walt Disney Company and soon after the studio was renamed the Prospect Studios.
This view from Franklin Avenue and Radio Street in Los Feliz includes a view of the Prospect Studios (left), then owned by Warner Brothers. Just below the studio buildings, there appears to be a false front movie set on the back lot. Olive Hill and Barnsdall Park are visible on the middle left.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-446 8x10
Warner Bros
Motion picture studios--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Dwellings--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Los Feliz (Los Angeles)
Parks--California--Los Angeles
Mountains--California, Southern
Prospect Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Feliz (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Barnsdall Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
East Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Time Period

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