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Title
Lesson at the La Brea Tar Pits
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Creator
Schultheis, Herman
Contributor
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
Collection
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.
Description
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.
In 1860 Major Henry Hancock was given a large ranch known as Rancho La Brea. He excavated for the tar content of Brea (asphaltum). Carloads of bones not then known to have a scientific value were burned as rubbish. In the 1870s Hancock found the skeletal remains of dinosaur as well as an Indian woman within the tar pits. The area the La Brea Tar Pits are located in is now called Hancock Park.
A man wearing overalls shows three young men something on the ground while a large group of girls watch impatiently near a sign. Weeping willow trees brush the dirt path in a natural landscape that is no longer visible at the La Brea Tar Pits.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00097790
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-281 8x10
CARL0005074449
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/37146
Subject
Teaching--California--Los Angeles
Weeping willow--California--Los Angeles
Dirt roads--California--Los Angeles
La Brea Pits (Calif.)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif. : Park)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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