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I have the first photograph ever posted to the web

On July 18, 1992, a CERN technician posted a Photoshopped picture of four friends to the World Wide Web, and inadvertently made internet history. It was the first photograph ever posted on the web. The photo is of a little-known '90s female comedy band Les Horribles Cernettes.

The particulars of this moment in history are actually very mundane.

The photograph was uploaded to the web on July 18, 1992, when CERN IT developer Silvano de Gennaro uploaded the GIF file using the now-famous HTTP protocol that birthed the web pages most of us use to access the internet today. The Cernettes, composed of administrative assistants and significant others of CERN scientists, wrote cheesy doo-wop songs about physics. As a joke, Gennaro superimposed the foursome onto a sky-blue background using Photoshop 1.0 on his color Mac.

By the way, the file was a GIF. The shot was a gift. Here it is:

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