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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.; Photograph included in the exhibit: "Signs of Life : Los Angeles is the City of Neon."
The McDonnell's restaurants throughout Los Angeles were: McDonnell's Monterey (7312 Beverly Boulevard); McDonnell's Wilshire (shown here at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue); McDonnell's Fairfax (Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard); McDonnell's Gates Hotel (Sixth and Figueroa streets); McDonnell's Hillstreet (454 S. Hill Street); McDonnell's Figueroa (4012 S. Figueroa Street); McDonnell's Adams and Figueroa (2626 S. Figueroa Street); McDonnell's Pico Street (Pico and Hope streets). The McDonnell's "Drive-Inns" were located at Beverly Boulevard & Western Avenue, Wilshire and Robertson boulevards, Yucca Street and Cahuenga Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, and Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.
Looking west down Wilshire Boulevard from La Brea Avenue in the Miracle Mile at night. Visible businesses are: McDonnell's Wilshire Cafe (right), Myer Siegel and Company (in the Dominguez Building, left of center, built by Morgan, Walls & Clements), and Desmond's department store in the Wilshire Tower (center).
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-001 8x10
McDonnell's (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Myer Siegel and Company
Dominguez-Wilshire Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Wilshire Tower (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Restaurants--California--Los Angeles
Department stores--California--Los Angeles
Stores & shops--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Art deco (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Neon signs--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Architecture--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Wilshire Lanterns
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Miracle Mile (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Night photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs
Morgan, Walls & Clements
Time Period

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