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View of the Hollywoodland sign from Outpost Estates
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.
Harrison Gray Otis bought a large, undeveloped plot of hillside land in the late 1800s and called it his outpost. Otis sold the land to Charles E. Toberman, who developed the Spanish Revival style Outpost Estates in the 1920s. He built a 30-foot high red neon sign reading "Outpost" on the hillside above Grumman's Chinese theater to advertise his venture. Today, Outpost Estates covers roughly one and a half square miles and is bordered by Mulholland Drive to the north, Franklin Canyon to the south, Runyon Canyon Park to the west and Cahuenga Boulevard to the east.
This view looking northeast towards the Hollywoodland sign is taken from Mulholland and Acapa in the Outpost Estates area of the Hollywood Hills.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-386 8x10
Hollywood Sign (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mountains--California, Southern
Mulholland Drive (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Outpost Estates (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Panoramic views
Landscape photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs
Time Period

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