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Palm Canyon Drive south towards Andreas Road
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 1939
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.
Two women look down the street under banners that advertise the Desert Circus week held March 13-19 in 1939. This annual event, which started in 1931, included parades, old west activities and parties. Businesses visible on the street include the El Rey Hotel at 245 North Palm Canyon Drive, Top Hat Cafe at 239 North Palm Canyon Drive, Desert Valet at 235 North Palm Canyon Drive, and the Royal Palms Hotel Annex at 225 North Palm Canyon Drive (the main hotel was across the street at 226). The small sign on the balcony of the Royal Palms is for the Village Sandwich Shop at 231 North Palm Canyon Drive. Down the street the marquee in the distance is the Palm Springs Theater at 207 North Palm Canyon Drive and the Village Pharmacy at 201 North Palm Canyon Drive.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-456 8x10
El Rey Hotel (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Top Hat Cafe (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Desert Valet (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Royal Palms Hotel (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Village Sandwich Shop (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Palm Springs Theater (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Village Pharmacy (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Drugstores--California--Palm Springs
Restaurants--California--Palm Springs
Hotels--California--Palm Springs
Motion picture theaters--California--Palm Springs
Stores & shops--California--Palm Springs
Central business districts--California--Palm Springs
Pedestrians--California--Palm Springs
Banners--California--Palm Springs
Automobiles--California--Palm Springs
Streets--California--Palm Springs
Architecture--California--Palm Springs--Spanish influences
Palm Canyon Drive (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Palm Springs (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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