December 18, 2022
Coated in tinsel, you can feel this Christmas tree shimmering in these black-and-white photos (1st and 2nd photo). Decorated by the Whittaker family sometime in the 1950s in a home that no longer stands on Scully St in downtown Fredericton.

642 Scully St, was built by George and Elsie Whittaker in the 1930s. Where they lived and raised children Mary and Joseph until the sale of the home sometime around 1970.

I found the first photo of their family Christmas tree while inquiring about downtown Fredericton Christmas Photos from the provincial archives of NB. Interestingly, George and Elsie are my great-grandparents; this photo wasn't new to me. The second photo attached is one I already had.

Some year after their marriage in 1920, before moving downtown Fredericton, George took a photo of the family Christmas tree decorated with candles (3rd photo).

It is interesting to see how downtown living has changed from the Whittaker's years in Scully St. Elsie feeds chickens in the backyard, where train tracks run behind (3rd photo), and George displays produce on the step. (4th photo).

Many years later, in 2008, while the homeowner was away. 642 Scully St was destroyed by a natural gas explosion (5th photo).

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