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Laundry drying in the Santa Cruz Adobe courtyard
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. 1937]
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.
The part of the city called "Sonora Town" was an old adobe village north of the Plaza and Church of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels. It was Los Angeles' first Mexican quarters, or barrio. The area was named for the numerous miners and families who came from Sonora, Mexico, and may have still been around in the 1930s. Now it is Los Angeles' Chinatown District.
Laundry dries on a hand cart in the courtyard in front of board and batten walls of the long white adobe known as the second Casa Santa Cruz (or the Santa Cruz Adobe) located at 641-643 N. Broadway. Mrs. Isabel Santa Cruz purchased this adobe from Jose´ Mascarel in the early 1860s and it was demolished in 1957.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-097 8x10
Santa Cruz Adobe (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Courtyards--California--Los Angeles
Carriages and carts--California--Los Angeles
Adobe houses--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Los Angeles
Apartment houses--California--Los Angeles
Architecture, Domestic--California--Los Angeles--Spanish influences
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Sonora Town (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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