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Hill Street north towards Sixth Street
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 1938
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.
Architects John and Donald B. Parkinson designed the 1930 Art Deco style Title Guarantee and Trust Company Building, located at 401 W. 5th Street with a Gothic Revival style tower. This building is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #278, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places #84000891.; In 1871 Eugene Germain, established the Germain Seed and Plant Company at 326 South Main Street in Los Angeles. The business soon expanded adding many locations including Germain's Garden Store located at 625 South Hill Street, which opened in 1937.
This view looking north on Hill towards Sixth Street captures traffic, the back of double decker bus that was probably the location the image was taken from, as well as buildings and shops downtown. On the left or west side of the street are: Germain's Garden Store, a coffee shop, Pershing Square and the Guarantee Building with the tower in the distance.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-192 8x10
Germain Seed and Plant Company
Title Guarantee Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Commercials buildings--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Street-railroads--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Hill Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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