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Camp Rincon west fork in San Gabriel Canyon
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.
Charlie Smith leased 160 acres of land from William Potter in 1867 and created Camp Rincon, which featured a hotel, cabins, tents, swimming pool, dance floor, tennis court, and a large general store. At the turn of the century Camp Rincon's stagecoach carried visitors from the Santa Fe train in Azusa. A flood in 1938 and another in 1969 washed out most of the camp buildings. What remains of the camp today is occupied by a United States Forest Service fire station.
Fences and a low building are surrounded by mountains in this image of Camp Rincon off of Highway 39 in San Gabriel Canyon.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-437 8x10
Camp sites, facilities, etc.--California--San Gabriel Canyon
Canyons--California--Los Angeles County
Mountains--California, Southern
Camp Rincon (Calif.)
San Gabriel Canyon (Calif.)
Angeles National Forest (Calif.)
San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
Landscape photographs
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Time Period

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