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Children on Los Angeles Street
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 1938
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.; Used in the Exhibit: How We Worked, How We Played: Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s.
Felipe de Neve laid out the Los Angeles Plaza as the geographical center of the pueblo, drew the four corners to the four cardinal points of the compass and laid the streets out perpendicular from the plaza. The Los Angeles Plaza Park, also known as the Father Sera Park, was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #64 in 1970 and California Historic Landmark #156. The Pueblo was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District #72000231 in 1972.; La Casa de Don Vicente Lugo was located on the east side of the Los Angeles Plaza at 518 North Los Angeles Street. Built in 1839 by Vicente Lugo, it was donated in 1867 to the first college in Southern California, St. Vincent's College (later Loyola University). By 1890 it was a Chinese restaurant, and was demolished in 1951 along with 19 other structures between the Plaza and Union Station, to make way for the freeway.
Children stand with adults in this view looking south on Los Angeles Street from the Los Angeles Plaza toward Arcadia. Buildings visible include the Vicente Lugo Adobe and the Eastern Grocery Company in the Lee Shing Building (512 North Los Angeles).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-418.3 8x10
Plazas--California--Los Angeles
Children--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Plaza (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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