This might be my favorite L.A. video of the year

Ink and Paper, by USC student Ben Proudfoot, spends nine lovely minutes at adjacent shops out of another time, scraping to get by in the Westlake district. McManus & Morgan, Inc., which sells fine artist papers, opened in 1923 when the area around what we call MacArthur Park today was Los Angeles' first arts district: home to the Chouinard Art Institute, the Otis Art Institute, studios and galleries. Aardvark Letterpress, next door, dates back to 1968 and uses a hand-operated press to craft invitations for the design conscious, celebrities and Bill Clinton's recent birthday party here. That either shop is still there is kind of amazing. Hat tip to Jason Kottke and Scott Fajack.

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