As a historian, I've found exciting images through archival research. 
I began animating archival images (mostly all in the public domain) as a way to bring new life to archival sources.
Wish or Work? (1929)
(archival animation)
Source Material
Animation of a 1929 work incentive poster from Mather & Company, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off (But You) (1915)
(archival animation)
Source Material
I created this animation from a glass slide used in between reels by early projectionists, courtesy of The Museum of the Moving Image.
Just A Moment Please
(archival animation)
I created this animation from a glass slide used in between reels by early projectionists, courtesy of The Museum of the Moving Image.
Source Material
I created this animation from a glass slide used in between reels by early projectionists, courtesy of The Museum of the Moving Image.
Home Brew (1923)
(archival animation)
Source Material
I created this animation from the cover of a 1923 issue of Home Brew.
American Cinematographer (1922)
(archival animation)
Source Material
I created this animation from a scan of a 1922 cover of American Cinematographer.
Solar System Diagram (1860)
(archival animation)
Source Materials
I created this animation from two images:
The background is from August Strindberg’s Celestograph XV (1893-1894).
Cyclone Cameras (1898)
(archival animation)
Source Materials
I created this animation from two images:
The image of the woman and the name is from Cyclone Cameras, Western Camera Mfg. Co., Inc. (1898).
Some of the visual elements have been taken from the cover of Modern Photography with Explanation of the Apparatus, Rochester Optical Co. (1891).