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 Archive for preserving, restoring, and making this footage available.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen ad.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen ad.

From a Dippity-do commercial, c. 1960s.

From a Dippity-do commercial, c. 1960s.

You know, they just don’t make public service announcements like this anymore… From the infamous “VD is for everybody” awareness campaign.

You know, they just don’t make public service announcements like this anymore… From the infamous “VD is for everybody” awareness campaign.

An unidentified girl band in a 1940s soundie.

An unidentified girl band in a 1940s soundie.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen advertisement.

From “400 Years in Four Minutes” (1945).

From “400 Years in Four Minutes” (1945).

From “Once Upon a Honeymoon” (1956).

From “Once Upon a Honeymoon” (1956).

From “Stardust,” c. 1940s.

From “Stardust,” c. 1940s.

From “Living Stereo” (1958).

From “Living Stereo” (1958).

Applying lipstick in Fitting Faces (1940).

Applying lipstick in Fitting Faces (1940).

From “American Thrift” (1962).

From “American Thrift” (1962).

From “Test Tube Tale” (1941).

From “Test Tube Tale” (1941).

From “A Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape” (1958).

From “A Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape” (1958).

From “Hair Dress through the Ages” (1950).

From “Hair Dress through the Ages” (1950).

From “400 Years in Four Minutes” (1945).

From “400 Years in Four Minutes” (1945).