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A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

The must-visit destinations from early cyberspace are mostly gone now.
Source: Jockel Finck / AP

Exploring the web of the early 1990s meant wandering into strange new territory, made stranger by the way people talked about it at the time.

Terms like “cyberspace,” “World Wide Web,” and “information superhighway” sound like throwbacks now, but back then they were utterly and unironically futuristic.

This was around the same time that print newspapers found themselves publishing long lists of web addresses—presumably for people to fold up and carry with them back to their desktops, where they waited for dial-up modems to screech to life, so they could carefully key in each letter to a browser like Netscape. (Imagining the people who

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