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Shinto shrine and City Hall
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.
City Hall can be seen through the Japanese banners on bamboo poles of this Shinto shrine in Little Tokyo. The banners say "Los Angeles Inari god" or "Inari god." An Inari shrine is a shinto shrine to worship the god Inari. The back of the torii, or entrance gate, strung with a shimenawa prayer rope and zigzag paper called shide, can be seen next to trees that are corralled inside a small wooden fence.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-850 8x10
Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Shinto shrines--California--Los Angeles
Torii--California--Los Angeles
Japanese language
Banners--California--Los Angeles
City halls--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)--Japanese influences
Lost architecture--California--Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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