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 S.S. Catalina, known as "The Great White Steamer," was laid down on December 26, 1923, christened on May 3, 1924, and took its maiden voyage on June 30, 1924. The 301-foot ship, originally built at a cost of $1 million dollars, was in service from 1924 and carried about 25 million passengers between Los Angeles and Avalon Harbor until she was retired on September 14, 1975. The Catalina has been recognized as a Historic-Cultural Monument, #213, and is a California State Historic Landmark. She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. This view taken from the docked S.S. Catalina captures businesses including the Victorian style Hotel Catalina (right) located at 129 Whittley Avenue, as well as other businesses and houses in Avalon.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm. Photographic prints
Hotel Catalina (Avalon, Calif.) S.S. Catalina (Ship) Passenger ships--California--Los Angeles Passengers--California--Santa Catalina Island California Historical Landmarks Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments Hotels--California--Avalon Crowds--California--Avalon Architecture, Victorian--California--Avalon Harbors--California--Avalon Islands--California, Southern Avalon (Calif.) Santa Catalina Island (Calif.) Pacific Ocean Schultheis Collection photographs