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Title
Willard Storage Battery Company of California, Commerce
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
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
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Architect Claud Beelman designed the 1929 Willard Storage Battery Company of California, located at 5700 East 9th Street in what is now Commerce. This building housed the western states manufacturing and distribution center of the Cleveland based car battery company. This portion of 9th was renamed Olympic and this building is gone.
View of the Willard Storage Battery Company of California from across 9th street.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00099132
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-505 8x10
CARL0005096297
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/38725
Subject
Willard Storage Battery Co
Automobile industry and trade--Batteries--California--Commerce
Industrial facilities--California--Commerce
Factories--California--Commerce
Architecture--California--Commerce--Spanish influences
Lost architecture--California--Commerce
Streets--California--Commerce
Ninth Street (Commerce, Calif.)
Commerce (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Beelman, Claude,1883-1963

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