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Ethel Schultheis and Hugo Reid Adobe, Arboretum
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.
Don Perfecto Hugo Reid (1810-1852), a Scottish adventurer and naturalized Mexican citizen, was the first private owner of the 13,319 acre Rancho Santa Anita. The adobe was constructed in 1840 with the help of Gabrielino laborers. The original roof was made of rawhide-lashed carrizo cane (Arundo donax), smeared with brea (tar). A frame wing and Spanish tile roof added by Lucky Baldwin, was removed during a reconstruction effort using the original methods and materials. The Hugo Reid Adobe is designated California Historical Landmark No. 368.
Ethel Schultheis sits on a one of a couple of covered of rowboats that are deteriorating at what would later become the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum. The side of the wood frame building, which was once part of the Hugo Reid Adobe, stands in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-112 8x10
Schultheis, Ethel
Los Angeles State and County Arboretum
Hugo Reid Adobe (Arcadia, Calif.)
Boats and boating--California--Arcadia
Eucalyptus trees--California--Arcadia
Lost architecture--California--Arcadia
Arboretums--California--Los Angeles County
Arcadia (Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Schultheis Collection photographs

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