This is downtown Spencer, Iowa in 1936, in the middle of the Great Depression.
Times were very bad, but Spencer still managed, in a very modest way, to observe the Christmas season. How? You have to look closely for the town's seasonal decorations. There's a single strand of lights strung between streetlamps, and another strand from the roof of the Spencer Daily Reporter across the intersection to, presumably, another building or lampost on the other side of Main Street.
Click on the picture to enlarge it and get a better look at the lights.
The photo is from the website Papa Ted's Place, and was posted by Ted Althof Jr. There's no information about who shot the photo.
Check back tomorrow for another 'Twas the Season post.