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, September 8, 2008

Star Trek Celebrates 42 Years of Age Today

It was on September 8th, 1966 at 8:30 pm that the world was given its first look at what would become the most successful franchise in television history; a concept that would spawn 5 different televison series and 10 major motion pictures over four decades - with an eleventh film soon to be released. When the first episode of The Original Series, entitled "The Man Trap", was shown on network television; the public had its first glimpse of an envisioned 23rd century marked by incredible technological advancement and mankind boldy going where no one had gone before. Star Trek created a new genre of science fiction entertainment; one that attempted to build it's projection of the future on known scientific principles (most of the time :-)) to create a dimension of enhanced believability; and provided exciting, action-adventure while also frequently using its futuristic setting as a platform to make meaningful commentary on our current social condition. Some of what the Star Trek creators imagined to be hundreds of years away technologically became reality within their lifetimes - as new generations of scientists and engineers, many of whom were inspired by Star Trek, gave the world such advances as the cell phone, the personal computer, medical imaging equipment, high-energy lasers and even the automatic sliding doors that were unheard of in the early 1960's.

As we celebrate Star Trek's 42nd birthday this evening, I wish the franchise and all of those who have been inspired by it - the very best. May we all "live long and prosper!"

Below are some historic clips that accompanied the television premiere of TOS in 1966 and a particularly well-done 40th Anniversary Tribute to the many different incarnations of Star Trek...

The NBC Star Trek Series Premiere Promo:

(Originally scheduled for Sept. 15th)

The Man Trap Episode Promo:

The Star Trek 1st Season Title Sequence:

A 40th Anniversary Tribute Video encompassing all series: