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December 25, 2016

20 Incredible and Weird Moments in History Made Into GIFs From the National Archives

Because no one can deny the power of a good gif, the US National Archives and Records Administration (Nara) has launched an archive of historical moments in gifs.

Partnering with Giphy, the new library contains about 150 moments, including Ernest Hemingway having a drink, the exploding swastika in Nuremberg from the end of the second world war and the Beatles’ arrival in America.

The goal of the library is to bring a new audience into the work of Nara. Each gif links back to the National Archives catalog so users can discover its origins.

“Gifs help keep us relevant, but also further the agency’s mission of providing access to our holdings to the public,” Darren A Cole, with the web and social media branch of the National Archives Office of Innovation, told Hyperallergic.

Footage of the 1950s Avrocar.

Nazi swastika destroyed from ‘The War Ends in Europe’ (1945) newsreel.

Bear captured in early footage of National Parks.

Architect William Van Alen dressed as the Chrysler Building, which he was in charge of designing, at the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball.

Animation from the 1974 Cocktail Construction Chart.

Sailor dancing on a 1945 newsreel.

A performing squirrel owned by Florence Hinton in a 1953 newsreel.

Woodsy Owl, a United States Forest Service mascot, throwing away trash.

A tip of the hat from the past.

Newsreel footage of performing dogs.

Animated photograph of the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition.

Author Ernest Hemingway enjoys a drink with other war correspondents on the island of Mont St. Michel, off northern France, in the summer of 1944.

The Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, on their first visit to the United States on February 7, 1964.

A clip from 1967 dating advice film "How to Succeed with Brunettes."

American singer Elvis Presley meeting President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970.

Winter hat fashions for 1956.

Ice skating chimpanzee, 1963.

One hundred and one long distance runners compete in the fiftieth annual marathon race of over 26 miles at Boston in the United States, April 20, 1946. Among the runners are former winners and young hopefuls. Through the suburbs of Boston the runners make their way. And all eyes are on courageous Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece, who passes last year’s winner. Kyriakides goes on to win in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 27 seconds and gain the laurel wreath.

“Can All You Can Its a Real War Job!" Series: World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945.

VE Day: May 8, 1945 - The war ends in Europe.

(via Hyperallergic)


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