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.