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Long Beach and Signal Hill
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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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 Campbell Apartments were built by Reginald Campbell in 1928. He bought the Lafayette Hotel next door in order to protect the apartments. Currently both buildings, as well as the Lafayette addition, are part of the Lafayette Complex and have been declared Long Beach Historical Landmark 16.52.270. The architects were Parker O. Wright and Francis H. Gentry.
Oil derricks in the distance on Signal Hill look over Long Beach's urban sprawl of housing and businesses. The tall building on the right is the Campbell Apartments at 130 Linden Avenue, an eleven-story Spanish Renaissance building providing deluxe apartments with hotel service.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-005-340.2 8x10
Campbell Apartments (Long Beach, Calif.)
Apartment hotels--California--Long Beach
Apartment houses--California--Long Beach
Architecture, Domestic--California--Long Beach--Spanish influences
Hotels--California--Long Beach
Parking garages--California--Long Beach
Streets--California--Long Beach
Oil well drilling rigs--California--Signal Hill
Lost architecture--California--Signal Hill
Lost architecture--California--Long Beach
Long Beach Historic Landmarks
Signal Hill (Calif.)
Long Beach (Calif.)
Panoramic views
Schultheis Collection photographs
Campbell, Reginald
Wright, Parker O
Gentry, Francis H
Time Period

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