The oldest piece of paper was made in China in 150 AD. It was made of cotton rags that were sewn together. The person the created paper is Ts’ai Lun. He and his wife wanted something to paint a picture on (other than the walls). It was made in the town called Wuwei.
The oldest pencil in the world is a wooden stick with black (inky looking stuff on it) ink. The ink is coal that they smashed on a rock and then people pushed the coal into the stick and made the first pencil. It was made in the 1610’s by a doctor named Dr. Castell. He made it in Germany in 1608 and sold it. It was called the pencil in 1674.
The oldest book in the world is the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640. It was the first book made in what would become the united states. There are only 11 of these in the U.S.. They are sold by auctioneers, and are said to be sold for $15-$30 million. There is one being shipped to St. Louis, Missouri.
The oldest school in the world is the Boston Latin School. The school was based off of a school in Boston, England that taught the students Latin and grammar. The school was founded on April 23, 1635. Five of the 56 signers of the constitution went to the school. Those people were John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roberts Treat Paine, and William Hooper.