Ghost Sites of the Web

Web 1.0 history, forgotten web celebrities, old web sites, commentary, and news by Steve Baldwin. Published erratically since 1996.

May 08, 2005

Ancient Web Banner Ads From the 20th Century

Early banner ads came along too early to be saved by such modern-day Web wonders as the Wayback Machine, leaving historians to wonder what these early promotional banners looked like.

Here are a few 468 x 60 rarities I dug up from an old CD-ROM containing archival banner ads saved from Pathfinder's servers. These ghostly images date from 1995 and 1996; the first two ads are first-generation GIF89A animations; the last is a simple static GIF.

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