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Title
Fortune teller, New Chinatown
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1939]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
The first Chinese on record arrived in Los Angeles in 1852, but by 1910, Old Chinatown had grown to cover approximately 15 streets. In 1931, a California Supreme Court decision was upheld, approving land condemnations and the construction of the new Union Station upon the site of Old Chinatown. The Los Angeles Chinatown Project Association was formed in 1937 and by February the following year the first tenants were moving to New Chinatown. The dedication ceremony took place on June 25, 1938.
Two boys work around a table in a fortuneteller stand that has been set up next to the Seven Star Sacred Caverns wishing pool in Chinatown and the Mei lan Food Shoppe (486 Gin Ling Way). The fortune teller sign reads: "Have your fortune told by the famous fortune teller Charlie Chan" A bare light bulb has been strung across the roof and hangs above the boys' heads.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00101119
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-710 8x10
CARL0005119239
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/39832
Subject
Mei lan Food Shoppe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Seven Star Sacred Caverns (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wishing wells--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)
Storefronts--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)
Fortune-tellers--California--Los Angeles
Vending stands--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)
Children--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)--Chinese influences
Signs and signboards--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)
Chinese language--Writing
Streets--California--Chinatown (Los Angeles)
Gin Ling Way (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Chinatown (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Webster, Erle
Wilson, Adrian

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