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 “400 Years in 4 Minutes” (1945).

From “400 Years in 4 Minutes” (1945).

From “Fruits and Flowers”, c. 1920s.

From “Fruits and Flowers”, c. 1920s.

From “Jiveroo”, a soundie or early music video, c. 1940s.

From “Jiveroo”, a soundie or early music video, c. 1940s.

From a commercial for Halo shampoo, c. 1950s.

From a commercial for Halo shampoo, c. 1950s.

From a commercial for Westinghouse air conditioners, c. 1960s.

From a commercial for Westinghouse air conditioners, c. 1960s.

From a commercial for MacLean’s toothpaste, c. 1950s.

From a commercial for MacLean’s toothpaste, c. 1950s.

From “Few Too Many”, c. 1960s.

From “Few Too Many”, c. 1960s.

From the intro to the television show “Your Hit Parade”, c. 1950s.

From the intro to the television show “Your Hit Parade”, c. 1950s.

From “Passport to Fashion”, c. 1960s.

From “Passport to Fashion”, c. 1960s.

When you try to kiss someone and they’re just not having it… From “The Miracle of Reproduction” (1963).

When you try to kiss someone and they’re just not having it… From “The Miracle of Reproduction” (1963).

From “400 Years in 4 Minutes” (1945).

From “400 Years in 4 Minutes” (1945).

From “Fruits and Flowers”, c. 1920s.

From “Fruits and Flowers”, c. 1920s.

Happy World Elephant Day! This lovely elephant is getting a manicure in “Hoofs and Horns”, c. 1920s.

Happy World Elephant Day! This lovely elephant is getting a manicure in “Hoofs and Horns”, c. 1920s.

From “Passport to Fashion”, c. 1960s.

From “Passport to Fashion”, c. 1960s.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen ad.

From a 1955 Chevrolet screen ad.