In this part of the site we present animated GIFs which have been created from public domain material. We’ve teamed up with GIF masters Okkult Motion Pictures who will provide regular contributions but we are also welcoming submissions from other sources so please do get in touch if you’ve got something to offer – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In this section of the site we bring you curated collections of images, books, audio and film, shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives. With a leaning toward the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful, we hope to provide an ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age, a kind of hyperlinked Wunderkammer – an archive of materials which truly celebrates the breadth and variety of our shared cultural commons and the minds that have made it. Some of our most popular posts include visions of the future from late 19th century France, a dictionary of Victorian slang and a film showing the very talented “hand-farting” farmer of Michigan. With each post including links back to the original source we encourage you to explore these wonderful online sources for yourself. Check out our Sources page to see where we find the content.
The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ held the GIF IT UP competition over the course of Autumn 2014: a contest to find the best animated GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via the DPLA and DigitalNZ search portals.
Animated GIF created by Alex Pickup from a photograph of the Barfleur Lighthouse in Normandy, from Volume 5 of Les travaux publics de la France. Find the original from SMU University here at Flickr: the Commons.
See more in our Animated GIFs Collection.
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An animated GIF created by Okkult Motion Pictures from a stereoscopic photograph featured in the collection of the National Library of New Zealand. The photograph taken by William Williams shows his wife Lydia (dressed in black, second from left) and other women seated for tea outside their house in Napier, …Continued