Flashback: Our First Website

In October 1999, Reed Brothers Dodge published their first website. It can be hard to recall what website’s used to look like back in the 90s, as they have changed incrementally over a long period of time, but you can find an archived copy of the Reed Brothers Dodge original website on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Take a walk down memory lane as we journey back in time and take a look at what our very first website used to be.

To give you some perspective, in 1996…

  • Google.com did not exist yet
  • In January 1996 there were only 100,000 websites, compared to more than 160 million in 2008
  • The web browser of choice was Netscape Navigator, followed by Microsoft Internet Explorer as a distant second (Microsoft launched IE 3 in 1996)
  • Most people used dial-up Internet connections with mighty speeds ranging from 28.8Kbps to 33.6Kbps

Reed Brothers Dodge site has been crawled 139 times going all the way back to October 4, 1999. (click on images to enlarge)

Reed Brothers First Website “Homepage”

Going back to October 4, 1999 – as shown below.  Although some of the pages appear incomplete due to missing images, the essence is there.  Note: Captions in blue were captured from hovering over the 6 menu headings on the homepage.

Reed Brothers Dodge first webpage “homepage”

New Car Inventory Search Page

Below was the New Car Inventory Search Page of Reed Brothers website. If for some reason you couldn’t find what you were looking for here, you could scroll to the bottom of the page to the pop-down menu. From there, you could navigate to the other sections of the website, including Incentives, Pre-Owned, Parts/Service, Specials, Maps/Directions, Request a Quote, Credit Application, Employment Opportunities, Contact Us and Homepage.

As you can see below, a few graphic car images are missing from our original site.  In general, however, the range and completeness of the archive is remarkable.

Browse through the line-up of current Dodge vehicles. View our new vehicle inventory, check equipment & pricing, even make us an offer.

Inventory Search page

Used Car Inventory Search Page

Search through our entire inventory of used cars and trucks. View photos, prices and included equipment. Our easy-to-use interface will assist you to find the vehicle of your dreams.

Used Car Search Page

Service Department Page

Go here to see our Chrysler 5 Star Repair Facility. We offer early bird and night drop-off, ASE Certified Trained Technicians. Prompt and courteous service representatives.

Service Page

Body Shop Page

Body Shop Page

Parts/Service Information Page

Parts Department Page

Reed Brothers Dodge Credit Application

Reed Brothers Dodge Credit Application

New Car Incentives

Request a Quote Page

Come here to request a quote on your next vehicle. Fill in a few brief questions and one of our courteous Salespersons will assist you.

Request a Quote

Maintenance Menu & Coupon Specials Page

Check out our monthly specials here. Take advantage of the incredible savings we have to offer you. We have specials for all your service needs.

Specials Page

Service Coupon Specials

Four of the six coupons listed above were actually archived!

Coupon Specials

Maintenance Menu

Map/Directions Page

Directions Page

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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