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Doctor Dragonfly
  • 59, Male
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States
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I'm looking to connect with other steampunk enthusiasts.

For the most part, music is my life. I am a classical pianist by profession with a passion for piano music from the 1900's – 1940's. My favorite composers are: Mayerl, Ravel, Lecuona, Debussy, Bloom, Suesse, Gottschalk, Perl, Joplin, Lamb, Scott, Janacek, and many others. I am lucky to be working professionally full time for the last 25 years.

I collect ragtime sheet music, piano rolls from the 20's and 30's and 78's from the same periods. I rebuilt a 1920 Cable Euphona player piano a number of years ago and I also have a Stunning Circasion Walnut VV-XVI Victor Victrola as well. Which I acquired while in high school.

Some of my favorite listening genres include: psych, neo-psych, folk, psych folk, tribal ambient, dark cabaret, ....the list goes on.

I also collect psychedelic music posters from the 60's and underground newspapers from the same period.

I am one of those queer souls who don't seem to fit into any one particular group. I'm difficult to pigeon hole into any real category. I've travelled many paths and have discovered that I am most comfortable on the road trod by the pagans. Astrology and tarot are some of the tools I use to navigate through life, sprinkled with a dusting of chaos magick to gently “force the hand of chance” when needed.

My foray into the occult arts & paganism, began in my teens, in the early 70's in Milwaukee, just prior to the time time I became sexually active with other boys and men. (I started going to the bars when I was 16). I began with tarot ,a smattering of astrology, and then increasingly with some candle spells. Smuggling the ingredients needed for a spell through the house of my ardent catholic, republican family. I have very fond memories of summers spent with my tarot cards, listening to underground radio and frequenting Milwaukee's then and only occult bookshop “Sanctum Regnum”. And spending lots of time reading occult books in my paisley laden, antiques furnished, incense filled, patchouli sanctuary of a bedroom. Usually dressed in the frilly fashions of the early 70's, I was not your normal teenager. If only Hogwarts had been around to take me away from my muggle family.

A total and complete complete dandy bohemian at heart, I am very much interested in vintage clothing, and am attracted to a number of different styles, 1840 - 1940. I am more interested in style over fashion so the things I wear sometimes combine a variety of different periods. I'm very much into the steampunk scene and find the genre a perfect blend of the old and new.

I am an extremely ultra urban inhabitant. I am most comfortable in large cities or environments such as university towns where there is a constant exchange of free thought and radical ideas, interesting music, coffee houses, dark pubs and theater.

Some of my favorite things:
steampunk, radical faeries, being naked in the woods, pianos, piano rolls, player pianos, phonographs, victrolas, collecting sheet music, psychedelia, computers, urban living, travel, London, Gronigen, Prague, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Krakow, coffee houses, dark pubs, absinthe, 420, antiques, astrology, tarot, edwardian clothing, brocade, lace, velvet, antique eyeglasses, tattoos, long hair on men, full moons, sunrises, morning glories, paisley, beads, incense, candles, patchouli, labdanum, cannabis, myrrh, oak moss, ferns, curry, chai, stargazer lilies, leather, tattoos, minstrels, romance of the gypsy, ren faires,air pirates, Green Man, waterfalls, falling leaves,

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At 11:13pm on May 23, 2011, Michael "The Rat" said…
Miss you my dashing friend.  Hope all is well in the Windy City.  Take care.
At 10:08am on May 15, 2011, Jolly Roger said…
Happy day, on this the anniversary of your birth;)
At 10:48pm on February 21, 2011, Prof.R.D.Hosford said…

First off thanks

We are making a SteamPunk movie it a very good script and is a true steampunk setting but in our infant wisdom the whole time we were there filming in Chicago we never got street level shot of the route we took out of town so we need some street shot stills are fine. I we be asking others as well it a fair amount of pic. Here goes this is what we need a shot of East Walton st out side the Rose Bud Steak House looking toward the lake one each side and down the middle ,then turn and same shot toward Michigan then down Michigan to Jackson Blvd (IE the start of route 66 then down route 66 take shot for a few block the same way (one down each side and one down the middle. Then form a car looking down the street ever so often head toward St. Louis (it a lot to ask so as I siad I have ask other in the area as well we are hope we don’t have to come back the we can get what we need. again thank you hope you can help.

If you can help send pic to


At 3:47pm on October 25, 2010, Fenix said…
love your picture :)
At 9:36am on May 15, 2010, Stacey Merrill said…
Happy Birthday, Sir. Thoroughly enjoyed browsing your photos
At 7:46pm on April 10, 2010, Dr. Edward Collins said…
I would recommend contacting him directly, though if that is not possible, I can relay your information to him the next time I see him. The latter option, of course, may have a significant delay attached to it.
At 7:40pm on April 3, 2010, Baldur Makepeace Bear said…
My dear Doctor Dragonfly, it would pain me terribly not to make your acquaintance.
This Empire is indeed more fascinating for your being in it.
B. Bear
At 2:25pm on March 8, 2010, Mr. Scott Michel said…
I'd like to cordially invite you to become a member of a new group here on Steampunk Empire:

Hope we'll see you there!
~S. Michaels
At 8:11am on December 12, 2009, Noah Meernaum said…
Dear Doctor Dragonfly,

Thank you doctor for the fine praise of my new chapeau. It is not an equal to yours in refined form or style, yet it serves to compliment my wardrobe for now. Let me further add my admiration for your attention to the finer details of a gentlemans attire in attaching such a bold boutinniere.

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