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Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
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.
Chamber of Commerce buildings: Mott Building on Main Street (1888), Fourth and Broadway (George Mason), Second and Broadway (1903, William H. Allen), 1151 South Broadway, 404 South Bixel Street (1956, A.C. Martin).
The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (1151 South Broadway, since demolished) is visible in this view looking south on 12th Street from Hill. Cars line the street and fill the parking lot of the Royal Metal Manufacturing Company (1206 South Hill).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-204 8x10
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Boards of trade--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Broadway (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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