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Wimpy Grill, Los Angeles
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 193-
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.
Wimpy Grill (located at 5425 Wilshire Boulevard, later the Flying Saucer restaurant) and the adjacent shops (later Brown's Wilshire Bakery) were remodeled to create one large commercial space to accommodate a Staples office supply store.
A waiter stands behind the counter at the Wimpy Grill, as several customers wait for their orders.
1 photographic print :b&w ;13 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-001-502 8x10
Diners (Restaurants)--California--Los Angeles
Hamburgers--California--Los Angeles
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles--Employees
Eating & drinking--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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