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. Workers in the Montebello oil field stand in front of heater treaters, which are dehydrators that separate the gas/oil from the water. The hydrocarbons get sent to storage tanks and the water goes back down a disposal well. (In those days it likely just became runoff.) Derricks can be seen in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm. Photographic prints
Oil wells--California--Montebello Oil well drilling rigs--California--Montebello Oil fields--California--Montebello Petroleum industry and trade--California--Montebello--Equipment and supplies Montebello (Calif.) Schultheis Collection photographs