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Gossiping outside MGM Studios
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
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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.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios was a conglomeration of three studios: Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co. The studio located at 10202 Washington Boulevard in Culver City, was originally built in 1916 for Triangle Pictures but grew to cover more than 180 acres under the leadership of Louis B. Mayer. It later became Sony Pictures Studios.
Four women stand in a circle talking outside the barred windows of MGM Studios, with suitcases on the ledge behind them. A fifth woman is distracted from her reading by the conversation, while a man reads a newspaper on the other side of the doorway.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-054 8x10
Women--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture studios--California--Culver City
Culver City (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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