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Golden Lantern Gift Shop and Quan Yin Temple, China City
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. 1939]
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.
Christine Sterling, the civic leader who created Olvera Street, created a similar project for the Chinese American community. China City covered the entire city block from Spring on the west to Main on the east and from Macy (now Ce´sar Cha´vez) on the south to Ord on the north, with gates on Main Street, Spring Street and Ord. By 1935, the development had an atmosphere of a Chinese village or small town, with booths and stalls along narrow winding streets. Unfortunately, due to two major fires over a ten-year period, China City came to an end by the early 1950s.
This view of the Court of the Lotus Pools includes a lotus pool on the left in front of the Quan Yin Temple. Quan Yin (also spelled Guanyin) is the bodhisattva of compassion. On the right is the Golden Lantern Gift Shop.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-736 8x10
Quan Yin Temple (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Golden Lantern Gift Shop (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Buddhist temples--California--Los Angeles
Avalokites´vara (Buddhist deity)
Stores & shops--California--China City (Los Angeles)
Storefronts--California--China City (Los Angeles)
Lotus--California--Los Angeles
Reflecting pools--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--China City (Los Angeles)
Chinese language
Lotus Pool Road (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Court of the Lotus Pools (China City, Los Angeles, Calif.)
China City (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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