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Auditorium Park, Long Beach
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.
During the 1930s the Federal Works Progress Administration helped develop recreational facilities throughout Long Beach. This included the construction of Auditorium Park on the beach at American Avenue. The Breakers Hotel is located at 210 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. It was built in 1925 by the architectural firm, Walker & Eisen.
A view of the Auditorium Park looking towards the back of the Breakers Hotel whose sign is just visible at the top of the hotel next to the cupola. Date palms are planted on the grass and a mound decorated with plants in the shape of a star is in the middle of the grassy area. Businesses line the street opposite the park.
1 photographic print :b&w ;9 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-355 8x10
Breakers Hotel (Long Beach, Calif.)
Hotels--California--Long Beach
Parks--California--Long Beach
Stores & shops--California--Long Beach
Auditorium Park (Long Beach, Calif.)
Long Beach (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Walker & Eisen

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