This outstanding video puts the spotlight on two treasures near downtown Los Angeles: McManus & Morgan, Inc., an almost 90-year-old paper and stationery store; and Aardvark Letterpress, which has been around since 1968.
USC student Ben Proudfoot made this video, and it is sad and uplifting at the same time. Sad because both of these businesses are threatened, as are many businesses now, and uplifting because of the passion that goes into keeping these places alive.
If you live in L.A., or if you live in a place with companies like these, please support them. It is becoming a luxury to be able to see the rich colors and feel the wonderful textures of handmade paper first hand, and to be able to work directly with artisans who create letterpress.
Please don't let them become extinct.