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Emoticons from 1881

From Puck, an American humor magazine of the late 19th century, these appeared in 1881, a hundred years before Scott Fahlman came up with :-) and :-(, though there’s always someone else to blame.

(Spotted at TYWKIWDBI.)





3 comments

  1. McGehee »

    5 October 2009 · 5:33 pm

    ∩√
    . .
    __

  2. CGHill »

    5 October 2009 · 5:47 pm

    Yeah, that’s easy for you to say.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 October 2009 · 6:38 pm

    These days, I tend to be partial to

    O_o

    Because that seems to describe my reactions to a lot of things.

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