This week marked the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. As a concept, the Web was first proposed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in March of 1989. At the time he was working with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which in pop culture circles is known for its role in the Dan Brown novel Angels & Demons (more on that here). As it turns out, CERN has done a lot more than create antimatter and inspire bestselling authors.
In honor of this singular event, many organizations have been hauling out images of their original Web pages. CERN, meanwhile, is in the midst of an effort to recreate the Web of old by gathering early digital assets and beefing up the content at the world's first URL. Even as you read this the Internet is changing, evolving to better serve its billions of users and their needs. What follows is a look at some of our favorite sites and services as they once were: a brief but rich visual history of the www.