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Thriftimart, Wilshire Boulevard
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 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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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 Thriftimart building was designed by Morgan, Walls & Clements and completed in 1934. Paul R. Williams later transformed it into the second location for Perino's Restaurant.; Built in 1926 by Edward B. Rust and Luther Mayo in a Mission Revival style, the Los Altos Apartments were originally developed as a "co-op", but went bankrupt during the Great Depression. It is rumored that William Randolph Hearst once kept his mistress, actress Marion Davies, in the penthouse apartment. Other Hollywood stars also rumored to have stayed at the famed hotel include Bette Davis, Mae West, Judy Garland and Loretta Young, among others. In 1999, Los Altos received a design award from the California Preservation Foundation, it was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1999 - Building #99000765; it is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #311.
Looking north across the street towards the Thriftimart food store at 4101 Wilshire Boulevard. On the left is a glimpse of the Spanish style Los Altos Apartments, located at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Bronson Avenue
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-004-953 8x10
Los Altos Apartments (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Grocery stores--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Architecture, Domestic--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Rust, Edward B
Mayo, Luther
Morgan, Walls & Clements

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