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Title
Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile
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.
Located at 5600 Wilshire Boulevard and designed by Stiles O. Clements, the classic Streamline Moderne building was first occupied in 1938 by Coulter's Dry Goods. In the 1970s, the store changed hands and became a Broadway. After the building was demolished in 1980, the site remained vacant until the late-2000s, when a 5-story mixed-use structure was built.; Over the years stores such as Desmond's and Silverwoods have occupied Wilshire Tower's ground floor while professionals have leased offices in the eight-story tower. Located at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard, the Zig-Zag Moderne building was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in 1928. This building was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #332 in 1987.
This view looking southeast on Wilshire near Hauser Boulevard includes the Coulter's department store (right) and the Wilshire Tower (left).
Type
image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00101388
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-841 8x10
CARL0005122395
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/39905
Subject
Coulter's (Department store)
Wilshire Tower (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Wilshire Lanterns
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Clements, Stiles Oliver,1883-1966
Underwood, Gilbert Stanley

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