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Rain Bird Sprinkler sign, Glendora
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
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.
Founded in 1933, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corp. is the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world. The company was awarded its first patent (U.S. Patent #1,997,901) for the original horizontal action impact drive sprinker in 1935, which was designated a historic landmark in 1990 by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. This privately held company is located at 145 N. Grand Ave. in the city of Glendora.
View of sign on a post that reads: "Rain Bird Sprinkler Mfg. Co. - 1104 No. Ben Lomond - Glendora, Cal. [arrow pointing right]". This sign is possibly located in one of the numerous orange orchards located in Glendora.
1 photographic print :b&w ;12 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-498 8x10
Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corporation
Sprinkler irrigation industry--California--Glendora
Signs and signboards--California--Glendora
Glendora (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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