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Exploring photos with Jim Smith: Fred Curtis
Fred Curtis. (Supplied/Jim Smith)

Fred Curtis ran his barber shop on Queen Street for more than 50 years.

When Fred started cutting hair in 1927 there were four barbers on Queen Street. One of those four was my great grandfather, Charles Smith. In 1939, Mr. Curtis bought 9 Queen St., which is next door to the present Exchange Brewery. He ran his shop there and lived upstairs with his wife Gene, where they raised two daughters. Fred was also a Boy Scout leader and an avid birdwatcher and photographer. I saw him trek across the Commons on snowshoes with his long-lens camera mounted on a rifle stock for stability to photograph birds.