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La Plaza in Palm Springs
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.
Architect Harry Williams designed the 1936 Spanish style La Plaza outdoor shopping center, which features a series of landscaped courtyards, themed lighting and a central fountain. The district is located between Palm Canyon Drive and Indian Canyon Drive just north of Arenas in Palm Springs.
A family of cowpokes walks towards La Plaza in Palm Springs. The banners in the street are for the Desert Circus week held March 13-19 in 1939. This annual event, which started in 1931, included parades, old west activities and parties.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-460 8x10
La Plaza (Palm Springs, Calif.)
Shopping centers--California--Palm Springs
Families--California--Palm Springs
Banners--California--Palm Springs
Signs and signboards--California--Palm Springs
Central business districts--California--Palm Springs
Streets--California--Palm Springs
Architecture--California--Palm Springs--Spanish influences
Palm Springs (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Williams, Harry

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