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Crenshaw Boulevard commercial building
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 1938
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 1937 office building located at 4225/4227 Crenshaw Boulevard is today known as Maverick's Flat. This building, which housed an Arthur Murray's dance studio from the 1940's to the early 1960's, was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #679 in 2000.
This commercial building features Curt A. Arents building contractor at 4227 Crenshaw Boulevard on the left office on the ground floor, and an open door (4225) leads to an office on the right. A third door with the address 4225 1/2 might lead to the second floor.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-266 8x10
Curt A. Arents (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Commercial buildings--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Crenshaw (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Crenshaw Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Leimert Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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