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Title
Desmond's on Wilshire Boulevard at Christmas
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1939
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
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.
Over the years stores such as Desmond's and Silverwoods have occupied Wilshire Tower's ground floor while professionals have leased offices in the eight-story tower. Located at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard, the Zig-Zag Moderne building was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in 1928. This building was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #332 in 1987.
A group of people walks across the street in front of the Desmond's store window. A large Christmas tree with a star on top is on the sidewalk in front of them.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00101397
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-850 8x10
CARL0005124531
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/40133
Subject
Desmond's
Wilshire Tower (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Christmas trees--California--Los Angeles
Show windows--California--Los Angeles
Flags--United States
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Lanterns
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Underwood, Gilbert Stanley

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