Ephemeral Films

Celebrating the beauty and nostalgia of vintage ephemeral film footage, one GIF at a time.


To the best of my knowledge, all images that appear on this blog are in the Public Domain. However, all GIFs were made by me, unless otherwise specified. If you like them, please reblog them, but do not repost them as your own. Thanks!


I'd also like to gratefully acknowledge the Prelinger Archives for preserving, restoring, and making this footage available.

From “The X-Ray: Inside Information” (1941).

From “The X-Ray: Inside Information” (1941).

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement. 

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement. 

From “Let’s Give a Tea” (1946).

From “Let’s Give a Tea” (1946).

From “The Valley of the Heart’s Delight,” c. 1940s.

From “The Valley of the Heart’s Delight,” c. 1940s.

Happy National Pancake Day and Fat Tuesday, everyone! From “Maple Syrup,” c. 1920s. 

Happy National Pancake Day and Fat Tuesday, everyone! From “Maple Syrup,” c. 1920s. 

From a 1940s soundie.

From a 1940s soundie.

From a McCall’s Magazine short “Cake Decorating,” c. 1960s.

From a McCall’s Magazine short “Cake Decorating,” c. 1960s.

From “A Cat’s Life,” c.1940s.

From “A Cat’s Life,” c.1940s.

From “Safety in Offices” (1944).

From “Safety in Offices” (1944).

From a 1970s Trik Trak commercial.

From a 1970s Trik Trak commercial.

From “Garden Wise,” c. 1950s.

From “Garden Wise,” c. 1950s.

From Encyclopedia Britannica Films’ version of “The Hare and the Tortoise" (1947).

From Encyclopedia Britannica Films’ version of “The Hare and the Tortoise" (1947).

From “Design for Dreaming” (1956).

From “Design for Dreaming” (1956).

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement.

From “Valley of the Heart’s Delight” (1948).

From “Valley of the Heart’s Delight” (1948).