I’ve been wanting to start some Throwback Thursday (TBT) posts for a while now, and I figured I’d start with a fun one: Internet Archive Wayback Machine
If you’re not familiar, Internet Archive Wayback Machine started in 1996 to archive the World Wide Web, page by page. You just type in a url into the Wayback Machine and it will display a timeline with every instance that a snapshot has been made of the site:
What’s great about the Wayback Machine is that it retains a fully functioning website with links and images (where available) as if time stood still. I’m fond of nostalgia, so I could honestly spend hours looking up old versions of websites. For fun, I dug up some old makeup sites!
Revlon in 1997 featuring Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford:
I love it: This site looks best when viewed with Netscape 2.0. But oh, how I long for those eye shadows! Their old formulas were the best. Check out either the sheer look or the shocking look. And also check out the Streetwear splash page from 1998 (no product listings though).
Avon in 1996 in support of Olympic Games in Atlanta:
Enough question / exclamation marks?!!?!
The Body Shop in 2000:
This is for real – apparently up until 2001, the domain “www.thebodyshop.com” was actually owned by an auto body shop, but not just any auto body shop: “The finest auto body repair shop in Charlotte”. 😀 I guess sometime in late 2000, some funds exchanged hands and bam, suddenly the site became this:
Interestingly, The Body Shop also operated the url “www.the-body-shop.com” concurrently, starting in 1996 but then ceased to exist in 2006.
MAC – unfortunately for us, MAC’s site installed something to prevent crawlers from indexing their sites so none of their images have been retained. But through screenshots.com, I found this image:
Can you guess which collection the teaser image was alluding to?
Have you ever played around with the Wayback Machine? I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane!