This page best viewed with… you what?

 

 

I think I’ll pass on the page viewing, me thinks.

Credits: Veronica Savage via GifCities and Internet Archive

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#30YearsofGIFs – 8

 

In the earliest days of the net, GIFs and JPGs for different aspects of this brave new world often made reference to pre-existing technologies and objects. For example, the above GIF shows two letterboxes for email, a virtual reinterpretation of the traditional door flap for letters and parcels. This analogy helped people be more comfortable with the new technology by relating it to things they were already familiar with IRL.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#30YearsofGIFs – 7

 

Lovable Pikachu, the yellow star of the anime series Pokémon, first made his appearance in 1996 in a Nintendo Game Boy game and arrived on TV a year later. A generation of people made Pokemon GIFs to put on their sites and really show they caught them all!. Unlike many things from the heyday of GIFs, Pokémon are still going strong, as last year’s Pokémon Go craze can attest.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#30YearsofGIFs – 5

 

 

Different versions of the ‘Under Construction’ GIF, such as the one featured above were popular on the early Net. For home-based website creators especially, these GIFs were a way of showing they were hard at work building their sites, just like at a construction site. Many of the GIFs were based off of US road signage. Sadly, after the demise of Web 1.0 in the first few years of the 21st century, the under construction GIFs that frequented the likes of Geocities went the way of the floppy disk, surviving now in only legacy sites and GIF collections.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

Vijay’s classic GIFs 2007-2011 – 330

 

Indian movies – where crazy stunts are the order of the day.

GIF: rajnikant-sliding-horse                                                                                                     DATE: 19/06/2009

Credits: Animated GIFs via Ratedesi Forums

#30YearsofGIFs – 3

 

This cute little GIF, a US-style letter box that opens to reveal a cluster of hearts, was a popular feature on the user-generated network of sites called GeoCities during the 1990s. It was, as appearance suggests, use to indicate links to emails. Sadly I don’t know its origins.

For some further reading, here is an ‘ode to the GIF’ written by marketing agency Nelson Bostock Unlimited – http://www.nelsonbostockunlimited.com/blog/an-ode-to-the-gif-2/

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee