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Corner of Wilshire and La Cienega boulevards
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 1930
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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.
A 20 mile speed limit is painted on Wilshire Blvd. at the corner of La Cienega. Across from Berk's restaurant is Sontag Drug Store containing a soda fountain, grill and coffee shop and built in the Streamline Moderne style. It was one of the largest drug stores in America when constructed. Berk's is advertising theater specials from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at popular prices! On the left is the Fox Wilshire Theater built in 1930 and designed by architect S. Charles Lee. A white truck with Chinese characters is stopped in traffic.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-576 4x5
Sontag Drugs
Berk's (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Theatre (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--Beverly Hills
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Beverly Hills
Drugstores--California--Beverly Hills
Streets--California--Beverly Hills
Restaurants--California--Beverly Hills
La Cienega Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Lee, S. Charles

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