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Owl Drug neon and terrazzo, Downtown
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. 1938]
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.; Photograph included in the exhibit: "Signs of Life : Los Angeles is the City of Neon."
This view taken from inside the Owl Drug on the southwest corner of Sixth and Broadway toward the street captures the script neon, the name of the store in the terrazzo sidewalk, and the beautiful inlaid owl in the stone column.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-163 8x10
Owl Drug Company
Drugstores--California--Los Angeles
Neon signs--California--Los Angeles
Terrazzo--California--Los Angeles
Logos (Symbols)--California--Los Angeles
Pedestrians--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Sixth Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Broadway (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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