NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Believe it or not, AOL (AOL) has been around in one form or another since 1983 when it was known as Control Video Corporation, a company that helped video game players connect to the nascent internet to buy games and track their progress. It has since relaunched and reimagined itself many times -- from the America Online of the 1990s (known for sending potential users compact disks with ever-increasing numbers of free online hours), to the AOL of today, which is a diversified media company that owns Huffington Post, TechCrunch and other popular destinations.
While the company has changed, so have its logos. Here is a brief history of some of the most memorable AOL logos over the years, including, at the end, the evolution of the cute AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) logo.
1. Control Video Corporation
This image comes from an old advertisement for the company, which sold a service called GameLine. Users were charged about $65 to buy a modem and have it set up so they could download games for $1 each and keep track of high scores.