I just found out the most awesomest thing ever!!
It turns out that when you are signing up for tickets or an email account or whatever online and you need to decipher those swimmy letters, you are digitizing old books and newspapers!!
Apparently, sometimes the automated digitization process cannot resolve some of the words. So what they do is put them out for humans to solve.
So they give us a known and an unknown word to decipher, and if we get the known one right then they assume we got the other one right too. Then they run it again with someone else, and next thing you know, we got another word of our literary heritage digitized!
I am stoked!