Date of Issue : 16 March 2017
An Post issued a se-tenant pair of stamps featuring Emojis. This is a unique subject on stamps and a wonderful philatelic item for the "Communication "theme. These stamps feature a range of emoji with the headlines ‘Don’t Worry’ and ‘Be Happy’ (‘Ná Bí Buartha’ and ‘Bí Sona’ in Irish).
Emoji are ideograms or smiley faces used in text and electronic messages and webpages. They are used much like emoticons (facial expression such as a smile or frown, formed using keyboard characters) and exist in various genres, including comic faces, common objects, places and types of weather and animals. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji comes from Japanese e (picture) + moji (character).
These small digital icons that are used to express an idea or emotion, originated on Japanese mobile phones in the late 1990s. Their popularity exploded, however, when Apple, Android and other mobile operating systems began to include them in their phones.
Emoji has now become a worldwide, language-independent form of communication. Some might even argue that emoji is a form of pop art and they might have a valid point: There are now thousands of emoji used daily worldwide to convey humour, enhance messaging, make a point or to describe things.