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Carpenter's drive-in, Sunset and Vine
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 1939
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.
Cars park around the Carpenters located at 6285 Sunset Boulevard in this view looking south towards Vine Street. This Drive-In features salads as well as chicken and a fountain. A group of carhops stand at the cash register. A sign for the OTT Finance Company, located at 1460 Vine Street, can be seen on the brick wall on the right. The Chop Suey blade sign might be for Chiyoko restaurant located at 1462 Vine Street. An Eastside Beer billboard features dimensional torches.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-011-125 8x10
Carpenter's (Firm)
OTT Finance Company (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Drive-in restaurants--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Restaurants--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Waitresses--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Billboards--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Vine Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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