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Santa Anita Depot tracks and Santa Fe sign in Arcadia
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 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 Santa Anita Depot was constructed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1890. The station serviced both freight and passenger trains from Baldwin Ranch and nearby Sierra Madre, and included upstairs living quarters. In 1970, the abandoned station was restored after being moved to the Arboretum from its original location a quarter mile north.
Shadows fall across the platform and tracks in this rear view of the Santa Anita Depot in Arcadia. Mountains and trees rise behind the brick walls and barn doors of the station topped with a hipped shingled roof with a Santa Fe sign.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-411 8x10
Santa Anita Depot (Arcadia, Calif.)
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Railroad stations--California--Arcadia
Signs and signboards--California--Arcadia
Railroad tracks--California--Arcadia
Mountains--California, Southern
San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
Arcadia (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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