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Archive for February, 2011
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 The first three are actually drafts of poems that appeared in the book, so not unpublished.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 […]