The First Image Posted To The Internet

What you see here is the first image ever uploaded to the World Wide Web. It’s a graphic featuring a promo shot for comedy band Les Horribles Cernettes, and was uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. The Web had already used a few small vector image files to show off schematics, but Berners-Lee and his team needed a guinea pig for the leap into photos.

One of the scientist at CERN had been toying around with a scanned .gif version of this photo, using version one of Photoshop on his color Macintosh. The .gif format was only five years old at the time, but its efficient compression had made it the best way to edit color images without slowing PCs to a crawl.

The Mac that housed the original .gif file died around 1998, and the photo faded into obscurity.

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One Response to “The First Image Posted To The Internet”

  1. Neat. I didn’t know any of that. Very nice post.

    Regards,
    Dave

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