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Fence in front of a Shinto shrine
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.
This view across the front of the Shinto shrine in Little Tokyo captures the torii, or traditional gate, strung with shimenawa prayer rope and zig zag paper, as well as the banners hung on bamboo poles that create the fence. The banners say "Los Angeles Inari god" or "Inari god." An Inari shrine is a shinto shrine to worship the god Inari. A traditional Japanese building next door can be seen at the far right.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-006-857 8x10
Shinto shrines--California--Los Angeles
Torii--California--Los Angeles
Banners--California--Los Angeles
Japanese language
Architecture--California--Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)--Japanese influences
Lost architecture--California--Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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