The past sucked. Instead of printing in Pasadena imagine this for just a moment. You some guy in like 50CE and you’ve been blessed enough to know how to read and write. This keeps you out of the fields and away from the worst type of work available at the time. You’re a scribe and the guy in charge whose title varies depending on where you in the world comes by and wants a copy of a legal document to show to his boss. He gives you the materials and tells you to get to work. What you have to do now is make a copy of the document by hand. You have to go through and write it out exactly as you see it. If you’re lucky it’s on parchment of some sort and not another material. The process is slow and you spend your entire day and possibly multiple days or even weeks copying the material. If you make a mistake along the way you’d have to start over from the start because there’s no way to remove the ink you used. If it was a single page scroll it’s no longer a copy. Then when it was all done you just have to hope it meets the standards of the guy who commissioned it. That was the life of printers and scribes that had to do these jobs. We’re fortunate now that it’s not how it works. Now if we need a copy of something it doesn’t even have to be physical. Often we just send a digital copy and if we do need a physical copy the only thing that can stop us is our ability to print it.
This is where we see printing shops come in these days. Instead of calling up the scribe to make a copy or create new things you can just pop on down to the printing shop or write it up yourself as now you’re most likely literate or the person reading this to you can write it out for you. You just bring whatever you need to have printed out to them and they’ll take care of it all for you. They also can create specialty products like business cards and banners. These are things that most people would struggle to create at home unless you have some weird hobbies and equipment just laying around the house. I don’t know you so maybe you do have those things laying around. I’ve seen weirder stuff. The point is that now it’s easier than ever before to get copies and specialty printed items.
Because most of us have printers in our homes the specialty items like business cards and banners are what they do most of although large quantities of standard paper are also printed there as nobody wants to spend all the money it would cost on ink and toner to print 400 pages of a document over and over. If you do that on your home printer get ready for it to be much more expensive than going to the printers. If you need printing in Pasadena or wherever you happen to be don’t forget to check out the local shop.