A hundred years ago or so it took quite a bit of work to do so many things that we take for granted now - communicating and printing being just one example. Here's a closeup of a printed document, old-time style, showing a type set block before it's set in the press and the resulting document. It took quite a lot of manual and physical work to create a set of documents like this. This is something of a before and after photo I guess.
Printing, ready for ink, Greenfield Village, Michigan
And the final document, "Rules For Teachers". If you can read it, there are some crazy rules in this list.