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Union building across the street from the Douglas Aircraft Company
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 1922 Donald W. Douglas formed the Douglas Aircraft Company and moved into an abandoned movie studio at 2345 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica and started producing military and civilian aircraft. He used the future site of the Santa Monica Airport (known as Clover Field until 1927) to test and fly production aircraft. In 1929 Douglas completed moving its factory and offices to the Santa Monica Airport.
A small building across the street from the Douglas Aircraft Company factory, located at 2700 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, has a hand painted sign for the union that reads "Douglas local 214, aircraft division, UAW of A, field headquarters, C.I.O."
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-727 8x10
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)
International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
Douglas Aircraft Company.--Santa Monica Division
Aircraft industry--Employees--Labor unions--California--Santa Monica
Signs and signboards--California--Santa Monica
Airplane factories--California--Santa Monica
Defense industries--California--Santa Monica
Streets--California--Santa Monica
Automobiles--California--Santa Monica
Ocean Park Boulevard (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Santa Monica (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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