Albrech Dürer, in the early 1500s was possibly the first person to use an emoji in a mail.

I can’t be certain that it didn’t have the meaning of an eggplant emoji given that he wrote it to his wife.

Btw the Dürer exhibition in the Albertina in Vienna, Austria is absolutely amazing.

@szbalint I like to think that Egyptian hieroglyphics were the original emoji.

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