January 21, 2022
Wayback Machine is a digital database created by the non-profit organization Internet Archive and which has archived over 613 billion pages on the World Wide Web since 1996. The Internet Archive provides the ability to view archived versions (as they were in past) of pages on a website. The site also provides, upon request and with additional costs, a service of printed pages and with certification of authenticity of archived pages. The name Wayback Machine was chosen in reference to a fictitious time travel device, the "Wayback Machine", used by Mister Peabody and Sherman characters in the 1960s cartoon The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. From 1996 to 2001, information was kept on digital tape, with Brewster Kahle occasionally allowing researchers and scientists to access the cluttered database.