I just added the "Emoticon" content, the bit about the Smilies was George's effort, and he does mention at the end of his post that these have been around as long as typesetting....
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In a message dated 11/5/2009 6:02:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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The keyboard, the typewriter of today, supposedly was the tool that created
the first "smiley" :-) face in 1982.
The Smiley Face itself goes back to at least 1921 according to an APM
article (1989) on the advertising box for the Siam Soo 78rpm doll.