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Santa Monica building
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 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 min-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.
Looking across a street (possibly Santa Monica Boulevard) in Santa Monica towards an Art Deco style commercial building. Two sets of street-railroads tracks are visible and numerous cars are parked on the street and in a neighboring lot; in the distance is a glimpse of the Santa Monica Mountains.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-004-988 8x10
Commercial buildings--California--Santa Monica
Stores & shops--California--Santa Monica
Streets--California--Santa Monica
Street-railroad tracks--California--Santa Monica
Automobiles--California--Santa Monica
Parking lots--California--Santa Monica
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Santa Monica
Mountains--California, Southern
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Santa Monica (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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