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Assorted negatives in an Envelop

Assorted negatives in an Envelop

  Assorted negatives in an Envelop from the late ’60s, some of them very damaged. Mostly the good stuff was ok though. Haven’t done anything other than scan them and put in the water mark. Been CRAZY busy with my own work, launched a new book! Doing lots of freelance, looking for more. The usual […]

The Dealers

The Dealers

This is an old, very distorted tape of Lionel anonymously interviewed on the CBC as a Drug Dealer. He’s young, before he had kids i think. It’s pretty strange and interesting! -  Been neglecting this site for a little bit, swamped with work. But haven’t posted anything since August! Plan to post some new stuff soon. […]

Frank Zappa 1969-05-24 @ The Rockpile

Frank Zappa 1969-05-24 @ The Rockpile

Frank Zappa @ The Rockpile! 1969-05-24, i suspect it’s the Late Show Arna and Lionel went to the show together I’m told. She sent me this photo on the right, it’s from Nash the Slash’s site, you should check it out he’s got some amazing archives. I’ve tinted it to highlight what she thinks is […]

Tie Required

Tie Required

Was told of this short silly film a few times by various friends of Lionel’s over the years, but the people who mentioned it didn’t remember who made it so I had no idea where to look for it… Ends up Lorne Gould, publisher of the “Collected Works” [1980 by Emanation Press] was the film […]

The Italian Machine Project on redbubble.com

The Italian Machine Project on redbubble.com

I’ve been exploring different avenues of making prints & things available online, little late to the game, there are a few interesting options. I’ve decided that RedBubble is a good fit for publishing a few of Lionel’s photos. I’ve just finished setting up the first 12 images I selected to publish, I think they make […]

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 3

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 3

The last roll of shots from the historic Jimi Hendrix Experience show [see pt1 and pt2 here]. Also at the end of the roll shots back stage i think, with Hendrix’s guitar? Might be, and a few at the Berkeley street loft, of Arna and Ian.

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 2

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 2

The second roll of photos of a historic Jimi Hendrix show, the night of May 3, 1969 at Maple Leaf Gardens. There’s been a fair bit of interest in prints of some kind, I’m working on a couple of solutions, and should have something to present with the 3rd Roll of film from the show. For a bit […]

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens

This is the first of 3 posts. You can find the second and third sets of shots from this show here and here. legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport on May 3, 1969 at 9:30 a.m. after customs found small amounts of heroin and hashish in his luggage. He claimed they […]

Colour slides | moments of life on Heward ave

Colour slides | moments of life on Heward ave

I just got back from a trip to Toronto, and brought back another pile of Lionel’s things. This time it was 8 trays of colour slides, photos Lionel took mostly in the mid 70s. This first batch is all shots taken in or around Heward ave, the house Lionel owned and lived in for most of the 1970s […]

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown @ The Rock Pile

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown @ The Rock Pile

Next 4 posts will all be Live shows. This one is at the historic Rock Pile – April 12, 1969. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is an English psychedelic rock band formed by singer Arthur Brown in 1967. To give you an idea of what the show might have been like here’s a video […]

Hanging out with Clive, Billy, Ralphie & Co.

Hanging out with Clive, Billy, Ralphie & Co.

This set of photos goes with the next post, a set of live concert shots. Arna and Lionel hanging out with friends, before and after a big night of live music. Clive Smith is one of the founders of Nelvana, formally one of Canada’s largest animation studios. In the early 80′s Arna would go to […]

1050 CHUM festival in a park

1050 CHUM festival in a park

Photos from a live show put on by 1050 CHUM, not sure who the act is or the date, will have to look that up.

Of your fatherless child

Of your fatherless child

30 more, mostly i think un-published poems. I recognize a few lines here and there, some are maybe earlier drafts of poems in the collected works book.

All of life a stage

All of life a stage

This set is almost entirely of a dress rehearsal for a play, not sure of what company, i’ll have to ask a few people see if I can find out. Might be Theatre Passe Muraille or a precursor. Nope, confirmed by a few people it’s not, may be a Hart House production. The fellow in […]

Smiles games and ashes

Smiles games and ashes

Visitors to the Berkeley street loft, a convertible, friends playing Frisbee in the park, and a burned out home.

The good, the bad, and the beautiful

The good, the bad, and the beautiful

A few shots of the buildings around the Berkeley street loft, a very lovely guest reeding in it, a tough looking lady in leather, and lots of photos from a screening of The good the bad and the ulgly. I have photos like that, from films on TV usually, stills i took of monies i […]

Taking about photos

Taking about photos

This set is a little meta, in amongst the shots you can see contact sheets here and there, people looking at them, talking about them. I wonder what they are of. I’ll see if i can’t deduce it for later. Also a few great shots of a biker and his dismantled ride, some pretty ladies […]

106 photos of summer

106 photos of summer

Here’s a three rolls of film from what looks like sometime in the summer. Scenes from around Toronto. People hanging out in the Beaches. The Island faeries and on the island with a dog. Children and older folks out and about in what I think are parts of Cabbage town. John McNeily and Arna at the Berkeley stree loft, […]

Ravi Shankar & a show at The Riverboat

Ravi Shankar & a show at The Riverboat

So for the 20th post on the site i’m skipping ahead a few sheets to a treat. This was probably one of Lionel’s first live show shoots. I’ve some later one’s that came out a bit better. Not sure if this is the same place, or day. One set is a trio i can’t place [hints […]

A haircut at Libby's

A haircut at Libby’s

Most of these shots, i think were probably taken by Ian Argue. Looks like Arna Lionel and he visiting Lionel’s mother, Libby. My grandmother. Also two shots in someone’s kitchen, not sure where. Might not even be from the same roll, they are not on the contact sheet but were in the negative sleeve with the others.

The halls that shine with sliding sound

The halls that shine with sliding sound

More poetry! About half way though the folder now, here’s a few more, 30 to be exact. One is a draft of a poem that appeared in the book, the rest i think are unpublished and predominately hand written.

Landscapes and the ladies of Berkeley street

Landscapes and the ladies of Berkeley street

Somewhere by the side of the road in southern Ontario Lionel and Arna pulled over and took these photos. The one of Arna in profile standing in a slight wind is really striking. Some really nice shots of the landscape too, I love the texture of the grass. I’ll have to ask if the 1952 Pontiac was […]

Summer in the city

Summer in the city

Couple of rolls of photos of what i think is mostly Toronto in the summer. I have this lens still, along with a 28 wide angle for my Nikon F. It’s a bit crappy now though. Some of the few bits of camera equipment I’ve been able to hang on to. I was supposed to get it all, but an older relative claimed to want […]

Some Silly Doodles

Some Silly Doodles

So in case you didn’t know, I’m a cartoonist. Arna my mother is an artist, she works in animation. In part this explains my involvement in the arts. But not only was Lionel also very creative, he was a avid reader of comics, introducing me to my first undergrounds and superheros. And I’m told we would sit […]

The streets and swimming in the Quarry

The streets and swimming in the Quarry

Not really sure if it is a quarry, looks like one. Ian Arna and Lionel going for a dip somewhere. Another shot of Arna and Lionel in happier times together. One of the nicest things about going through these old shots is finding those. I wonder who’s taking them when he’s in the frame. Ian some of the time i […]

Streets and People

Streets and People

This is a big interesting set. I think it’s all one roll, hard to be sure. It’s mostly of what i think is the streets of Downtown Toronto. Will try to find out and ad that info here when i do. But the really interesting thing about these shots are the people.

Assorted old prints from the Trunk

Assorted old prints from the Trunk

Along with all the negatives, there are a few prints printed by Lionel i assume, in some cases mounted on boards. Scanned them tonight, an interesting selections of images. Some of the prints were in rough shape. cleaned up a few things but mostly left them as is. I’m using these as a rough rule of thumb […]

Last night the kichen table resisted my thoughts

Last night the kichen table resisted my thoughts

Some more words. The first three are actually drafts of poems that appeared in the book, so not unpublished. But it’s interesting to see them typed up here just the same. The rest I think, are Un-published and not seen publicly, if ever, in over 30 years!

Cats Kids Bingo and Berkeley Street

Cats Kids Bingo and Berkeley Street

Some more shots of Arna, kittens, and folks at Berkeley street, also looks like a gimps at the garage on the first floor. Some photos of a fair, people playing bingo. The CNE maybe? And kids, smoking a pipe? Lionel loved kids, there are a lot of shots of kids playing in the collection. I remembered when the ice cream […]

Sometime after July 20, 1969

Sometime after July 20, 1969

Of course i can’t be sure, maybe he shot these, put the camera down, and then picked up the day of the landing. Or maybe it was in the other order. But it looks like this roll was shot the day Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. Arna, my mother is there so perhaps […]

Over a truck and billboard painting factory on Berkeley Street

Over a truck and billboard painting factory on Berkeley Street

This is a nice set. My mother is in some of them, getting dressed in the first place she and Lionel lived in together. She was an art student at OCA and an artists model. I have a great story to post later about how they met… “This is before Rochdale, before you! The first place we lived […]

Un-published poetry

Un-published poetry

Pulled out the big folder of peotry today, there’s a lot there that was not published in the Emanation Pess book, scanned a few of them to post today. These were typed on a huge humming electric typewriter that’s still around – an old girlfriend of mine has it. The titles of these are not necessarily his, […]

Beginnings and Endings

Beginnings and Endings

Going through his papers I found some interesting stories about Lionel in the form of documents. The first two here are landmarks, one is his birth certifique, the other a letter of thanks for his eyes. I always wondered who looked though his eyes after he died. I hope they helped them see beautiful things.

More negatives from the Trunk

More negatives from the Trunk

Scanned another sheet tonight. These were it seems from the same set as the last, or are just unmarked. I’ve called them 02-01B for now. They are from 1969 as well. Looks like he was a little sloppy rinsing his negatives early on, there’s some streaking from developer left on them when they were hung to dry. I recognize some of […]

Lionel Douglas. The collected works

Lionel Douglas. The collected works

Lionel Douglas: Selected excerpts of “Collected Works” published in 1980 by Emanation Press. This is a book of my fathers work published a year after his death by friends. Not sure if they have it in stock still but you can try to get a copy from the publisher here if your interested. Going to try […]

The Trunk of Photos

The Trunk of Photos

I have this trunk. It’s filed with negatives. My father’s photos. Mostly B&W, i’ve been meaning to scan them, get them archived and published in some manor. Decided to start this site in part as an excuse for that. Get things rolling. The Binders of negatives in the trunk are somewhat in order, so I’m […]

The Italian Machine

The Italian Machine

So, why “The Italian Machine Project”? Lionel was Jewish after all…? The machine in question was a bike, a Ducati Super Sport in a film that featured a fictional version of Lionel and captured a bit of the mythical version of him many remember. The Italian Machine was actually meant to be a 60 minute long […]

A well remembered friend

A well remembered friend

Lionel left a big impression. I’ll post other bits of evidence of this, but it goes a long way towards making the point, to post this. A two page spread published in one of Toronto’s major weekly papers, three months after his death. It’s an impressive hagiography, if not a little bit biased. Like most things in the media it’s not […]

Assorted negatives in an Envelop
Assorted negatives in an Envelop

  Assorted negatives in an Envelop from the late ’60s, some of them very damaged. Mostly the good stuff was ok though. Haven’t done anything other than scan them and put in the water mark. Been CRAZY busy with my own work, launched a new book! Doing lots of freelance, looking for more. The usual […]

The Dealers
The Dealers

This is an old, very distorted tape of Lionel anonymously interviewed on the CBC as a Drug Dealer. He’s young, before he had kids i think. It’s pretty strange and interesting! -  Been neglecting this site for a little bit, swamped with work. But haven’t posted anything since August! Plan to post some new stuff soon. […]

Frank Zappa 1969-05-24 @ The Rockpile
Frank Zappa 1969-05-24 @ The Rockpile

Frank Zappa @ The Rockpile! 1969-05-24, i suspect it’s the Late Show Arna and Lionel went to the show together I’m told. She sent me this photo on the right, it’s from Nash the Slash’s site, you should check it out he’s got some amazing archives. I’ve tinted it to highlight what she thinks is […]

Tie Required
Tie Required

Was told of this short silly film a few times by various friends of Lionel’s over the years, but the people who mentioned it didn’t remember who made it so I had no idea where to look for it… Ends up Lorne Gould, publisher of the “Collected Works” [1980 by Emanation Press] was the film […]

The Italian Machine Project on redbubble.com
The Italian Machine Project on redbubble.com

I’ve been exploring different avenues of making prints & things available online, little late to the game, there are a few interesting options. I’ve decided that RedBubble is a good fit for publishing a few of Lionel’s photos. I’ve just finished setting up the first 12 images I selected to publish, I think they make […]

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 3
Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 3

The last roll of shots from the historic Jimi Hendrix Experience show [see pt1 and pt2 here]. Also at the end of the roll shots back stage i think, with Hendrix’s guitar? Might be, and a few at the Berkeley street loft, of Arna and Ian.

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 2
Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens Pt 2

The second roll of photos of a historic Jimi Hendrix show, the night of May 3, 1969 at Maple Leaf Gardens. There’s been a fair bit of interest in prints of some kind, I’m working on a couple of solutions, and should have something to present with the 3rd Roll of film from the show. For a bit […]

Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens
Jimi Hendrix Experience @ Maple Leaf Gardens

This is the first of 3 posts. You can find the second and third sets of shots from this show here and here. legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport on May 3, 1969 at 9:30 a.m. after customs found small amounts of heroin and hashish in his luggage. He claimed they […]

Colour slides | moments of life on Heward ave
Colour slides | moments of life on Heward ave

I just got back from a trip to Toronto, and brought back another pile of Lionel’s things. This time it was 8 trays of colour slides, photos Lionel took mostly in the mid 70s. This first batch is all shots taken in or around Heward ave, the house Lionel owned and lived in for most of the 1970s […]

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown @ The Rock Pile
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown @ The Rock Pile

Next 4 posts will all be Live shows. This one is at the historic Rock Pile – April 12, 1969. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is an English psychedelic rock band formed by singer Arthur Brown in 1967. To give you an idea of what the show might have been like here’s a video […]

Hanging out with Clive, Billy, Ralphie & Co.
Hanging out with Clive, Billy, Ralphie & Co.

This set of photos goes with the next post, a set of live concert shots. Arna and Lionel hanging out with friends, before and after a big night of live music. Clive Smith is one of the founders of Nelvana, formally one of Canada’s largest animation studios. In the early 80′s Arna would go to […]

1050 CHUM festival in a park
1050 CHUM festival in a park

Photos from a live show put on by 1050 CHUM, not sure who the act is or the date, will have to look that up.

Of your fatherless child
Of your fatherless child

30 more, mostly i think un-published poems. I recognize a few lines here and there, some are maybe earlier drafts of poems in the collected works book.

All of life a stage
All of life a stage

This set is almost entirely of a dress rehearsal for a play, not sure of what company, i’ll have to ask a few people see if I can find out. Might be Theatre Passe Muraille or a precursor. Nope, confirmed by a few people it’s not, may be a Hart House production. The fellow in […]

Smiles games and ashes
Smiles games and ashes

Visitors to the Berkeley street loft, a convertible, friends playing Frisbee in the park, and a burned out home.

The good, the bad, and the beautiful
The good, the bad, and the beautiful

A few shots of the buildings around the Berkeley street loft, a very lovely guest reeding in it, a tough looking lady in leather, and lots of photos from a screening of The good the bad and the ulgly. I have photos like that, from films on TV usually, stills i took of monies i […]

Taking about photos
Taking about photos

This set is a little meta, in amongst the shots you can see contact sheets here and there, people looking at them, talking about them. I wonder what they are of. I’ll see if i can’t deduce it for later. Also a few great shots of a biker and his dismantled ride, some pretty ladies […]

106 photos of summer
106 photos of summer

Here’s a three rolls of film from what looks like sometime in the summer. Scenes from around Toronto. People hanging out in the Beaches. The Island faeries and on the island with a dog. Children and older folks out and about in what I think are parts of Cabbage town. John McNeily and Arna at the Berkeley stree loft, […]

Ravi Shankar & a show at The Riverboat
Ravi Shankar & a show at The Riverboat

So for the 20th post on the site i’m skipping ahead a few sheets to a treat. This was probably one of Lionel’s first live show shoots. I’ve some later one’s that came out a bit better. Not sure if this is the same place, or day. One set is a trio i can’t place [hints […]

A haircut at Libby’s
A haircut at Libby's

Most of these shots, i think were probably taken by Ian Argue. Looks like Arna Lionel and he visiting Lionel’s mother, Libby. My grandmother. Also two shots in someone’s kitchen, not sure where. Might not even be from the same roll, they are not on the contact sheet but were in the negative sleeve with the others.

The halls that shine with sliding sound
The halls that shine with sliding sound

More poetry! About half way though the folder now, here’s a few more, 30 to be exact. One is a draft of a poem that appeared in the book, the rest i think are unpublished and predominately hand written.

Landscapes and the ladies of Berkeley street
Landscapes and the ladies of Berkeley street

Somewhere by the side of the road in southern Ontario Lionel and Arna pulled over and took these photos. The one of Arna in profile standing in a slight wind is really striking. Some really nice shots of the landscape too, I love the texture of the grass. I’ll have to ask if the 1952 Pontiac was […]

Summer in the city
Summer in the city

Couple of rolls of photos of what i think is mostly Toronto in the summer. I have this lens still, along with a 28 wide angle for my Nikon F. It’s a bit crappy now though. Some of the few bits of camera equipment I’ve been able to hang on to. I was supposed to get it all, but an older relative claimed to want […]

Some Silly Doodles
Some Silly Doodles

So in case you didn’t know, I’m a cartoonist. Arna my mother is an artist, she works in animation. In part this explains my involvement in the arts. But not only was Lionel also very creative, he was a avid reader of comics, introducing me to my first undergrounds and superheros. And I’m told we would sit […]

The streets and swimming in the Quarry
The streets and swimming in the Quarry

Not really sure if it is a quarry, looks like one. Ian Arna and Lionel going for a dip somewhere. Another shot of Arna and Lionel in happier times together. One of the nicest things about going through these old shots is finding those. I wonder who’s taking them when he’s in the frame. Ian some of the time i […]

Streets and People
Streets and People

This is a big interesting set. I think it’s all one roll, hard to be sure. It’s mostly of what i think is the streets of Downtown Toronto. Will try to find out and ad that info here when i do. But the really interesting thing about these shots are the people.

Assorted old prints from the Trunk
Assorted old prints from the Trunk

Along with all the negatives, there are a few prints printed by Lionel i assume, in some cases mounted on boards. Scanned them tonight, an interesting selections of images. Some of the prints were in rough shape. cleaned up a few things but mostly left them as is. I’m using these as a rough rule of thumb […]