Eight Vintage Photos of Christmas in Memphis
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:
Here's a majestic reindeer decoration on Main Street, also in the 1930s.
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."
In this undated photo, Memphians prepare Christmas presents for children.
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).
Here's Santa, greeting kids (including a few who look kind of terrified) at Goldsmith's.
Here's a different Santa, getting kisses from two unidentified ladies:
And subsequently terrifying them with his joyous leaping:
Check out more vintage photos of Memphis in the Memphis Public Library's digital archives.