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Adohr milkmaid statue
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
[ca. 1937]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
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.
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 Spanish land grant that made up Rancho Malibu was split into three parcels in 1905 after the death of Frederick Hastings Rindge. In 1916 Rindge's daughter Rhoda and her husband Merritt Adamson Sr. established a dairy farm named Adohr (Rhoda spelled backward) located at 18000 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana. The farm was famous for breeding Guernsey cattle. Land was slowly sold during the depression and in 1948 the remaining 500 acres were sold to developers when the dairy farm moved to Camarillo. The Camarillo farm was sold for the Westview Park subdivision in 1969. Only the milkmaid statue remains, stored in a Tulare County processing plant.
A life size statue of a little girl stopping a milkmaid who is posed by her grazing cow, serves as the sign to the Adohr Milk Farm. Around the pedestal is written "The largest Guernsey herd in the world" and "Guernsey certified milk." The logo includes a bass relief milk bottle poking through the oversize "O" of Adohr.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-873 8x10
Adohr Stock Farms
Dairy products industry--California--Los Angeles
Milk plants--California--Los Angeles
Dairy farms--California--Tarzana (Los Angeles)
Statues--California--Los Angeles
Mascots--California--Los Angeles
Logos (Symbols)--California--Los Angeles
Guernsey cattle--Statues
Tarzana (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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