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Simon's on Wilshire Boulevard
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.
In the 1930s, Wayne McAllister, the originator of the circular drive-in, designed circular Simon's Drive-in Restaurants in the Streamline Moderne style with a three-layer roof and neon advertising pylon; this style was copied throughout the country.; Designed by Meyer & Holler and built in 1930, this Art Deco the E. Clem Wilson Building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
A Simon's drive-in restaurant, located at 5171 Wilshire Boulevard, with a sign for Halsco out front on the lawn. Nearby are a sign which encourages passers-by to "Read Examiner Want Ads," a small Spanish-style commercial building (center, later demolished), the offices for Mutual of Omaha in the E. Clem Wilson Building (upper left, later Samsung), located at 5217 Wilshire Boulevard, and two Wilshire Lanterns (left).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-004 8x10
Simon's (Restaurant : Los Angeles, Calif.)
E. Clem Wilson Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Drive-in restaurants--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Signs and signboards--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Commercial buildings--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Office buildings--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Wilshire Lanterns
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
McAllister, Wayne,1907-2000

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