"Dr. Rutherford Quiglesby has invited you to join a right merry affair of Facebook."

The New York Times Bits blog reports that ProQuest archivist Bryan Benilous found a article from 1902 titled "Face Book The New Fad". The "face book" the article mentions is a sort of party game of drawing silly faces... in a book. Moreover:

The Face Book article is not the first quirky relic that Mr. Benilous and his colleagues have excavated from old news articles. In addition to discovering what appears to be an emoticon in a transcript of a speech by Abraham Lincoln, they’ve uncovered a 1942 Washington Post article titled "Think Before You Twitter" about gossiping and a 1903 article referring to the first "pocket telephone."