What's the earliest images uploaded on the internet before the protocol the web existed? People believed the Cernettes image was the first image on the internet when it's actually the first image on the web in 1992, not the internet itself.

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    Does "images" mean "digital photographs" or "any digital graphics"? With a nominal start date for the internet of 1983-01-01 there were plenty of graphics at the time, so arguably any application transmitted over the beginning internet could have contained images (e.g., in a game) but not much in the way of "digital photographs". Feb 22 at 23:25
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    Somehow this question doesn't make any sense as written . For example what is "uploaded on the internet" supposed to mean, or what. Uploaded to where? Transferred using any network? Transferred by any other means? Or what is the 'protocol' mentioned? A network protocol, or some user level one? If yes, which one? What is 'the web' supposed to mark here? What about images that were on a future 'web' server even before the first was started? Images such being created on that machine?
    – Raffzahn
    Feb 23 at 0:04
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    I don't know who uploaded it first, or even when, but the earliest image uploaded on the internet was this ascii art for sure.
    – davidbak
    Feb 23 at 0:48
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    @davidbak - are we sure it was 'uploaded to' and was not just 'already on' the internet? After all, it apparently existed before the internet :-)
    – dave
    Feb 23 at 3:13
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    Not cats. Porn ;)
    – tofro
    Feb 23 at 7:48

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A crop of the November 1972 issue of Playboy centerfold model Lena Forsén, AKA Lenna, used as a standard test image for image processing, as well as data compression, has been circulating in the computer graphics circles since 1973. First on ARPANET and USENET, of course.

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    :)) Good example to render the whole question pointless. I like it.
    – Raffzahn
    Feb 23 at 9:44

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