Meet Jesse Flores, who's life's work has helped keep typewriters alive and running in the city of Los Angeles. May of 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of his office machine repair business.
Opening 'U.S. Office Machines' in 1962 in Highland Park (and since then operating from 3 different locations on Figueroa St), he is one of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood, and also one of the last remaining typewriter repair shops in the city.
Before Flores' recent passing in 2011, we were fortunate to capture a few moments with him in front of his shop. And just this month, we caught up with his son, Ruben, who is now the heir of his dad's business along with his brother, Danny. He talks about the hyper speed of today's technology, how typewriters are once again relevant, and how lucky they are that Jesse held onto all those old machines.
This piece is dedicated to Jesse Flores (December 15, 1921 - November 8, 2011)
U.S. OFFICE MACHINES
5722 N. Figueroa Street
Highland Park, California
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*excerpts from the video were recorded during a 'Folk Art Everywhere' walking tour of Highland Park.