Pangrams -- sentences in which each letter of the alphabet is used exactly once -- have been around for many years. Although a definitive article on their history has never, to my knowledge, been written, attempts to create pangrams go go back at least a century.
Eckler, A. Ross
Word Ways: Vol. 10
, Article 17.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol10/iss1/17