This was interesting to read! It turns out, per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microform, microforms didn't really get going until the early 1900s.
The dreams of yore...
Not enough time for its full usefulness to be seen directly, but plenty to stoke the imagination.
Living during the advent of electric power must have been a fun time. So much that was impossible was now possible, a big door just opened.
Still, coming up with a workable approach could be very difficult. We and other animals are the only existence proof. And that's all based on a billion years or more of ~random variation and selection. So it'll likely be way overcomplicated and inelegant.