I've looked all around for footage of ancient Emacs distributions, but to no avail. The source code for Emacs 16.56 from July 15, 1985 is available on Github, but under no circumstances could I manage to build it.
The original Stallman Emacs paper describes Elisp, the motivation behind Emacs, and some old extensions - but is not enough for one to reconstruct what it felt like to play around with it.
My question is, how did Emacs look like back in the days? Before org-mode, MELPA, magit, most of the languages we know today - did people do anything besides hacking Lisp?
Were there packages that people used that are now completely forgotten? How did the "UI" look like?
And as a last question: is there anything we have today that lives unchanged since the first release of GNU Emacs?
I'd be interested to hear from those who used it then.
(I tagged terminal-emacs because the question needs at least one tag.)