- Slovakian archivists discovered the world’s oldest emoji in documents owned by a 17th century lawyer
- The lawyer drew a small circle with two dots and a line – an image recognized today as a smiley face – below his signature in 1635
- The recently discovered emoji is 13 years older than the previous smiley face discovered in a 1648 poem
Curators at the National Archives in Slovakia believed they have discovered Slovakia’s, if not the world’s, oldest emoji in documents owned by a 17th century lawyer.
The emoji that was discovered was part of the signature of the lawyer, who lived and worked in 1635, as per the Indian Express. Just below his signature, the 17th century lawyer drew a small circle with two dots and a line – an image recognized today as a smiley face emoji.
“We found a smiley face that dates from the 17th century — from 1635 — by notary Jan Ladislaides next to his signature,” Peter Brindza, head of the archive in the Slovakian town of Trencin, said.
“I do not know if it’s the oldest Slovakian smiley or the world’s oldest. But it is certainly one of the oldest in the Trencin region,” he added.
The recently discovered emoji beats by 13 years the smiley face discovered in the 1648 poem, “To Fortune” by Robert Herrick.
Here’s the newly discovered emoji: