Emoji and hashtag creators scoff at 17th Century pretenders

Archivists in Slovakia have stumbled upon 17th Century examples of what the Daily Mail of London last week trumpeted as perhaps the first emoji and hashtag, claims that are being met with dismissive smiles by the actual creators of the ubiquitous modern-day symbols.

According to the newspaper, curators from the National Archives in Trencin, Slovakia were gobsmacked to find emoji-like and hashtag-like images among the papers of a lawyer named Jan Ladislaides. The former can be seen in the Daily Mail’s tweet about its story, above, and latter can be seen to the left.

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Network World Paul McNamara