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

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Some TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Phaser Photos

Presented below are some detailed photos of an authentic Star Trek: The Original Series midgrade pistol phaser prop of a style that is believed to have been introduced in the 3rd season of production. It features a highly detailed front silver nozzle (or "Photon Accelerator") and a black powerpack/hand grip section with an elongated central groove extending along the full length of the section ...

A phaser in this style is seen in the following screenshots from the 3rd season episode "Plato's Stepchildren"; which was first broadcast on Nov. 22, 1968 and is often remembered for its historic scene that contained the first interracial kiss shown on US television.

In the following screenshot from episode 76 "The CloudMinders", first broadcast on Feb. 28, 1969, Captain Kirk is shown with a midgrade phaser in this same style.

Most TOS phasers seen at auction; whether midgrade or stunt versions, feature hand grips that are similar in style to those found on the working or "Hero" pieces. One example of this style is shown below, and the reader is directed to a different article on this website, viewable at http://startrekpropauthority.blogspot.com/2008/08/star-trek-original-series-pistol.html to see a more comprehensive listing of Major Auction House phaser offerings.

Yet a different style of midgrade pistol phaser handle is observable on several pieces shown in the following screenshot from the 1st season episode "The Galileo Seven". These phasers appear to have raised sidebars somewhat similar to the Hero style but also have round ball endpieces/projections that are clearly visible in the photos.

The following screenshot from the episode "Dagger of the Mind" features a pistol phaser with a variant style of velcro placement; seen adhered to the blue/grey pistol body as opposed to its usual place on the side of the hand phaser unit.