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Ivar north from Hollywood
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.
In 1929 Architects and contractors John M. Cooper Company designed the remodel of an earlier apartment building into the Knickerbocker Apartments (AKA Knickerbocker Hotel, 1714 North Ivar Avenue) in the Italian Renaissance style with a U-shaped symmetrical massing. Originally furnished by Barker Brothers, windows on the upper stories retain their stone molding in the central bay. In 1970 a renovation project converted the hotel into housing for senior citizens. This building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributor to the Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District in 1985.; Built in 1923 by Harry Chandler as billboard for his Hollywoodland real estate development, the Hollywood Sign located on the top of Mount Lee was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #111 in 1973.
Businesses visible in this view of Ivar looking west from Hollywood include the Knickerbocker Hotel on the right, Hartford Rent a Car (AKA Hartford U Drive System, 1717 Ivar Avenue), Hertz Rent a Car (AKA Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Station, 1746 North Ivar Avenue), and the Hollywoodland sign in the distance.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-936 8x10
Knickerbocker Hotel (Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hertz Corporation
Hartford Rent a Car (Los Angeles Calif.)
Hollywood Sign (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Automobile leasing and renting--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Mountains--California, Southern
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Ivar Avenue (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Santa Monica Mountains (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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