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I. Magnin on Wilshire Boulevard
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.
Myron Hunt deigned the 1939 I. Magnin and Company Building, located at 3240 Wilshire Boulevard, at the cost of $3,000,000. The I. Magnin chain existed until the early 1990s, at which time this store was closed. The store was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #534 in 1991.
This view looking east on Wilshire towards New Hampshire captures the Switzer's (3250 Wilshire Boulevard, now demolished) the Wilshire I. Magnin and a billboard for Old McBrayer.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-011-173 8x10
I. Magnin & Co
Switzer's (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Billboards--California--Los Angeles
Advertising--Alcoholic beverages--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Wilshire Lanterns
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Hunt, Myron,1868-1952

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