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1881: The year we got emojis

1881: The year we got emojis

Emojis are all the rage in text messaging these days. Some friends (whom I shall not name) send entire messages made of little yellow faces! But it turns out emoticons are nothing new.

Even though the word "emoji" was the top-trending word of 2014, and the heart emoji was the most popular word of the year, if you can even call it that. Emojis have actually been around hundreds of years. Just like selfies.

It turns out, we first started seeing emojis and emoticons in the 1880s. A satirical magazine called "Puck" published in 1881 "typographical art." There's even talk that Abraham Lincoln used an emoticon in an 1862 speech, but others think it might be a typo.

Published on March 30, 1881, Puck magazine featured the following four emoticons: Joy, melancholy, indifference and astonishment.

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It reads:

We wish it to be distinctly understood that the letter-press department of this paper is not going to be trampled on by any tyrannical crows of artists in existence. We mean to let the public see that we can lay out, in our own typographical line, all the cartoonists that ever walked. For fear of startling the public we will give only a small specimen of the artistic achievements within our grasp, by way of a first installment. The following are from Studies in Passions and Emotions. No copyright.

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Source: Daily Mail
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