Eight Vintage Photos of Christmas in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 12th 2012 369 21

Check out these eight vintage photos of Memphis at Christmas from the digital archives of the Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

Here's Santa on Main St. in the 1930s:

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center
 

Here's a majestic reindeer decoration on Main Street, also in the 1930s.

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

I can't write a better caption for this than the one that came with the photo: "Employees at the Sites & Ames' Fulton Market show off their Christmas display, which incorporates their meat."

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

In this undated photo, Memphians prepare Christmas presents for children.

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

This is a photo from a Christmas party in Memphis, circa 1944. I recommend enlarging the photo to check out the complete range of human expression going on here, from smiles, to boredom, to secrets being told, to some of the greatest side-eye I've ever seen (from the woman standing on the far right).

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Here's Santa, greeting kids (including a few who look kind of terrified) at Goldsmith's.

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Here's a different Santa, getting kisses from two unidentified ladies:

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

And subsequently terrifying them with his joyous leaping:

Memphis and Shelby County Room, Memphis Public Library & Information Center

Check out more vintage photos of Memphis in the Memphis Public Library's digital archives.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Alyssa says:

    ahahah these are amazing!! I love vintage pictures… especially hilarious ones

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