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Tommy Trojan in front of Bovard Auditorium at U.S.C
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 1930 Roger Noble Burnham created the University of Southern California mascot "Tommy Trojan" statue, which was founded at the California Art Bronze foundry. This is a replica of an earlier statue, donated to the school in the late 1920s. John Parkinson designed the 1921 George Finley Bovard Administration Building (AKA Bovard Auditorium) as part of the 1919 Parkinson & Parkinson master plan. The clock tower rises over 100 feet with sculptures by Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld.
Students gather around the base of the Tommy Trojan statue at USC in front of the Bovard Auditorium. The bronze plaque depicting Helen of Troy on the east side of the base is visible.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-614 8x10
University of Southern California.--Bovard Auditorium
Universities and colleges--California--Los Angeles
College students--California--Los Angeles
College buildings--California--Los Angeles
Bronze sculpture--California--Los Angeles
Mascots--California--Los Angeles
Statues--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Burnham, Roger Noble,1876-1962
Parkinson & Parkinson

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