Publishing has come a long way since the mid twentieth century. What was once a herculean task putting together each individual page of a newspaper has largely been replaced by click-and-save web publishing.

So when we came across a curated set of images on Mashable, pulled from the Library of Congress, we were instantly mesmerized by the beauty and complexity of a daily paper's assembly. These images were all shot during the course of one night of production in the New York Times' Manhattan office in the Fall of 1942. The photographer, Marjory Collins, worked for the War Information office.

What's particularly interesting about these images, aside from the daunting physical labor required to publish, is the stories of the day. September 1942 was smack in the middle of World War II and news in that day's paper focused on fighting in both Europe and the Pacific.

See all the full gallery of images here.