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Emoticons – They’ve Been Around A Long Time!

Emoticons Date Back To The 1400’s

You’ve seen these emoticons :-)  They indicate when you’re happy or sad :-(

I bet you didn’t know that Medieval manuscripts in the 1400’s used hand drawn figures and faces to highlight certain lines of text and cue emotional responses. In 1881, Puck Magazine, the American humor periodical unveiled proto-emoticons.

In 1953 the advertisment for the movie “Lili”, in the New York Herald Tribune read “Today you’ll laugh :-) you’ll cry :-( you’ll love <3 Lili”.

Readers Digest featured a story showing emoticons being used in personal correspondence. And how can we forget that yellow smiley face sticker form the early 1970’s?

The first Internet emoticon was in a post  on the Carnegie Mellon message board on Sept. 19th. “From” Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this use :-(“.

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