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. The Gothic revival style church was designed by Benjamin C. McGougall in the 1920s and the 1929 Art Deco office building at 3875 Wilshire Boulevard was designed by architect Arthur E. Harvey. Looking northeast across Wilshire Boulevard from near S. Gramercy Place. Various office buildings, businesses, St. James Episcopal Church, and the Wilshire Professional Building (center) are visible. Wilshire Lanterns are present on both sides of the boulevard.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm. Photographic prints
St. James Episcopal Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) Wilshire Professional Building (Los Angeles, Calif.) Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles Anglican church buildings--California--Los Angeles Gothic revival (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles Church buildings--California--Los Angeles Office buildings--California--Los Angeles Streets--California--Los Angeles Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles Wilshire Lanterns Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.) Schultheis Collection photographs McGougall, Benjamin C Harvey, Arthur E