Shave and a Haircut— Two Bits!
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.