Command-Line Email. 27 May 2003: O'Reilly tells us about the history ofemail.”Email's mode of transmission is based on 7-bit ASCII. In other words, early Internet communication was only 128 characters – specifically numbers and letters – that we use in English. Hence no Icelandic, Chinese, Hebrew or Greek, to name a few languages. Also, there were no pictures, or sound clips. The only messages sent were English text.” [RootPrompt.org — Nothing but Unix]
ahh yes, the good days of email when things were clean and simple without html or attachments….