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Wilshire Tower decorated for Christmas
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.
Designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and built in 1929, the Zig- Zag Moderne style Desmond's/Wilshire Tower, which spans the addresses on Wilshire Boulevard from 5500-5522, and was declared City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #332 in 1987.
Santa and his reindeer fly over Wilshire Boulevard in front of the Wilshire Tower, which has been stung with garland and twinkling lights in this night shot of Wilshire.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-064 8x10
Santa Claus
Wilshire Tower (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Christmas decorations--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Lanterns
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Night photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs
Time Period

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