Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Monday, June 2, 2008

Special PhotoStudy: Star Trek The Original Series Leatherette Tricorder

This article shall present some closeup photos of an Original Series Leatherette Tricorder hand prop that is part of the authors collection. It's right angle door pulls identify it as being of second or third season origin. The photograph which immediately follows was taken in the home of Star Trek Original Series Set Decorator John Dwyer, who indicated that both Tricorders seen in the picture are authentic TOS hand props. The Leatherette Tricorder is shown on the right side; at left is a Fiberglass Tricorder which is now part of the Paul Allen Family Collection, on display at the Museum of Science Fiction in Seattle ...

Readers are referred to an earlier article on this blog site for a fairly comprehensive photo archive illustrating the major differences in appearance and materials found on authentic Original Series Tricorders, entitled "Design Features of Screen Used TOS Tricorders", and viewable at: http://startrekpropauthority.blogspot.com/2008/04/design-features-of-screen-used-tos.html

And now, some pictures of the construction details of this Leatherette model:

Some interior views ...

The following closeup photo of the "haircell" pattern on the vacuuformed plastic of the Leatherette is actually an enlarged portion of the above photograph; taken from the upper left side where the hood assembly is joined to the metal frame. The view below has been rotated 90 degrees clockwise for easy comparison to the 1966 haircell and modern-day reference photos seen afterwards. The light reflection from the camera flash has illuminated the haircell pattern very well at this location on the Leatherette. The vacuuform pattern is clearly seen to match the 1966 reference pattern ...

In the 3rd season TOS episode "Spock's Brain" (first airdate: Sep. 20, 1968), Scotty is seen carrying a tricorder with a silver metal plate clearly visible at bottom - a feature shared by this Leatherette Tricorder and quite different from the standard black bottom surface usually seen on these props ...

Readers interested in TOS Tricorders are also referred to the following Tricorder Measurements Study on this blog site, viewable at: http://startrekpropauthority.blogspot.com/2008/04/tos-tricorder-measurements-study.html