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And the first photo ever to be uploaded to the Internet is…

Here’s an epic piece of web history for you.

The first photo to ever be uploaded to the Internet is, not surprisingly, pretty underwhelming.

The image, uploaded by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1992, was edited on a color Mac in version one of Photoshop and saved as a .gif, according to Mother Board.

Now the rudimentary photo is experiencing a rather small-scale revival as it celebrates its 20th birthday on July 18.

“It’s sort of terrible and charming,” Lesley Martin, a photo scholar at the Aperture Foundation, told Mother Board after she was shown the picture for the first time.

The image contains a photo of a comedic musical group known as Les Horrible Cernettes. The group consisted of both admin assistants and significant others of scientists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva.

Silvano de Gennaro, an IT developer at CERN, took the photo of the Cernettes while he was backstage at the Hardronic Music Festival, an event organized by CERN’s administrators, on July 18, 1992.

“When history happens, you don’t know that you’re in it,” de Gennaro told Mother Board.

The musical group, which became pretty popular among members of the European physics community in the early ’90s, caught the attention of Berners-Lee when he befriended one of the group’s members, Colette Marx-Nielsen. Read more

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