Is That an Emoticon in 1862?

What appears to be a smiley winks out from an 1862 transcript of a speech by ==|;o)>


NY Times City Room

One thought on “Is That an Emoticon in 1862?

  1. It sure does look like it, but I’m sure you’ve already figured out that the semi-colon and the closing parenthesis were transposed when the paper was typeset. Nice try, and keep looking.

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