Shave and a Hair­cut— Two Bits!

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San­dra Shier of North Bay, Ont., writes, ”Re­cently, my sis­terin-law Dawn Christie Pinker­ton came across some old photos of her dad (my fa­ther-in-law), James Arthur Christie, which she shared with the fam­ily. ‘Art’ was raised in the small town of Sun­dridge, Ont., and, at the age of 22, left his job at the bank, earned his bar­ber’s li­cence and opened his own bar­ber shop on Main Street. In 1942, Art mar­ried Olive Trom­ley, joined the army and was shipped over­seas to Eng­land dur­ing the war. He and Olive went on to raise one daugh­ter, Dawn, and six boys—john (my hus­band), Wayne, Grant, Peter, Robert and Dou­glas. With so many boys, his de­ci­sion to be­come a bar­ber was a real as­set! In the photo (at left), Art is lath­er­ing up a cus­tomer in his bar­ber chair out­side in win­ter, while an­other cus­tomer waits pa­tiently. It’s a re­minder that some days, it was warmer out­side than in­doors, where they only had a pot-bel­lied stove for warmth.

When Art re­turned from the war, he went back to bar­ber­ing. He passed away in 1992.”

On some win­ter days, it was warmer out­side than in at Art Christie’s bar­ber shop in Sun­dridge, Ont.

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