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This Picture Was The First Email Attachment Ever Sent

March 13, 2014

This Picture Was The First Email Attachment Ever Sent – March 12, 2014 at 10:28PM

First Email Attachment

Almost exactly 22 years ago, researcher Nathaniel Borenstein sent his colleagues the world’s first-ever email attachment:

This adorable photo of his barbershop quartet, The Telephone Chords. 

The extension that Borenstein and his fellow researcher, Ned Freed, wrote  back in 1992 (called Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) is still used for every email attachment today.

They created it because Borenstein said that he one day dreamed of being able to receive pictures of his grandchildren over email.  

Head over to Quartz for a Q&A with Borenstein about Bitcoin and security, in honor of the web’s 25th birthday. 

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