Aw, This Is What Magazines In The '90s Used To Look Like On The Internet

Elle Magazine 1996

Elle Magazine in 1996.
Photo: Wayback Machine

We were feeling particularly nostalgic this #ThrowbackThursday, so we decided to bust out the ol' Wayback Machine (you know, that amazing internet archiving site) to revisit some of our favorite online mags from the '90s, and, man, we were so blown away by all the goodness we uncovered that we just had to share some gems with y'all. Sit back, and get ready for some cringe-worthy homepages, dudes.

ELLE IN 1996

Elle Magazine 1996

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Ah, remember the days when copy ruled all? ELLE.com used to have zero photos, and in a world where GIFs, listicles and infographics currently overshadow the written word, this throwback page makes us feel grossly giddy.

MTV IN 1996

MTV 1996

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OK, we're not a magazine per se, but c'mon, look at the oldest documented version of MTV.com in existence! It had a Beavis and Butt-head homepage takeover before that was even a thing.

BUST IN 1997

bust 1997

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Even though the old Bust.com homepage resembled a now-dated NSFW fanfic site, it used to be our forum for feminism and feminine pads.

SEVENTEEN IN 1998

jane 1998

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Um, there was a homepage poll about Furbys on Seventeen.com at a point in time. The end.

GQ IN 1999

gq 1999

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Remember when you could only put up 6 links call it a website? Us too.

DETAILS IN 1999

details 1999

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Fact or "friction"? Details.com had some pretty racy web content for its time. (Fact.)

VOGUE IN 2000

vogue 2000

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Welp, if you weren't into pantsuits in 2000, you'd be s*** outta luck on Vogue.com.

COSMOPOLITAN IN 2000

cosmo 2000

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Minnie Driver's face doesn't match up with her body, but we forgive Cosmo because Y2K just happened, and it was hard.

INSTYLE IN 2000

instyle 2000

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Hey, look! More than one photo! Congrats, InStyle on your ground-breaking web presence.

NYLON IN 2000

instyle 2000

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Hold on, is this 2000 or 2014 because legit everyone has a bright blunt bob with baby bangs right now. We salute your trend forecasting skills, NYLON.

SPIN IN 2000

spin 2000

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We purposely picked this Spin.com article on Napster and the "the future of digital music" because, aw, Napster.

ROLLING STONE IN 2000

rolling stone 2000

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The most important thing to note from this Rolling Stone homepage: Hanson's This Time Around album got 3 and 1/2 stars.

JANE IN 2000

jane 2000

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On (the now defunct) JaneMagazine.com, it looks like square motifs were a thing, as well as Vince Vaughn-isms.

GLAMOUR IN 2001

glamour 2001

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Sheryl Crow + lots of orange = an instantly successful homepage in 2001.

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