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Olive and 7th Street, Los Angeles
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.
View of busy Olive and 7th Street intersection, looking south towards Hill Street.. The building on the left corner is the Los Angeles Athletic Club, located at 431 W. 7th Street. Built in 1911 by Parkingson & Bergstrom, this building was notable at the time for being the first in Southern California to have a swimming pool on an upper floor. Adjacent is the Warner Brothers Downtown Theatre (previously the Pantages Theatre), located at 401 W. 7th Street. It was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca in the Greek revival style in 1919, and opened on August 16, 1920. On the right corner, the clock for Myer Siegel and Company department store reads 1:11. An overflow of pedestrians fill the sidewalks as far as the eye can see.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-819 8x10
Los Angeles Athletic Club
Vitaphone Corp
Warner Downtown Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Meyer Siegel and Company (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Private clubs--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture theaters--California--Los Angeles
Central business districts--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Olive Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Seventh Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Parkinson, John,1861-1935
Bergstrom, G. E.(George Edwin),1876-1955
Priteca, B. Marcus(Bernard Marcus)

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