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Furniture exhibited at Casa de Adobe
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.
The Casa de Adobe, located below the Southwest Museum at 4605 N. Figueroa Street, was completed in 1918 by the Hispanic Society of California and donated to the museum in 1925. Modeled after the San Diego County landmark, Rancho Guajome, a pre-1850s Spanish California rancho, the Casa was designed by the office of architect Theodore Eisen. Constructed in the traditional manner by local adobe craftsmen, the rooms were decorated with antique furniture and the courtyard was planted with jasmine, oleander, fig trees, and grapevines. Casa de Adobe is now California Historical Monument #493 and is operated by the Autry National Center.
This exhibit strives to recreate the living conditions of an early Californian Don with antique furniture donated by some of the oldest Californian families. Included is a sleigh bed, a dresser and mirror, rocking chair, chest, cross, wash basin and hanging wrought iron candelabra.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-710 8x10
Casa de Adobe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Museums--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Bedrooms--California--Los Angeles
Furniture--California--Los Angeles
Beds--California--Los Angeles
Chests--California--Los Angeles
Rocking chairs--California--Los Angeles
Washbowls--California--Los Angeles
Chandeliers--California--Los Angeles
Windows--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
California Historical Landmarks
Highland Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Eisen, Theodore

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