04/16/2012 02:56 pm ET

Awesome Stereoscopic 3-D GIFs From 1930s Paris (PHOTOS)

If you thought the Ally McBeal dancing baby pioneered the animated GIF, think again. It turns out GIFs have been in business since the 1930s -- they just went by a different name.

Photographer Alexis Isaac was passing by a second-hand store in Paris when he saw a collection of stereoscopic glass plates. Isaac was intrigued by the camera that captured the images, a type of viewer that took transparent film instead of paper. The combination of the stereograph and the glass plates creates a startling 3-D effect, bringing the ever romantic vintage Paris back to life. While some 3-D animated moments are a bit hokey, these captivating photos of the French countryside have absolutely stolen our hearts.

Watch them dance, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

via Reddit.