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, May 2, 2009

Star Trek XI - Some Screen Used Props

In less than a week - on May 7th, 2009 - the highly anticipated Star Trek major motion picture directed by J. J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine as James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock will blast into theatres across North America. At the official site for the film http://www.startrekmovie.com an impressive display of positive reviews from the major media flash across the top of the web page. These include:
"Pure Filmmaking Exhilaration!" - RollingStone
"WAY COOL" - Newsweek
"The First 'Star Trek' For Everyone!" - Access Hollywood
"The First A+ Movie of the Summer" - Film.com
"Smart and breathless. A summer blockbuster." - VARIETY
"Spectacular action. ILM again raises the bar on special effects." - Hollywood Reporter

Indeed, there seems to be a universal consensus among those who have reported on the film online after viewing selected scenes, or the whole feature itself in a special screening; that this picture has sustained, start-to-finish action with a well designed plot and should be a box office success - likely ranking with the best Trek films produced to date. It is certainly time for this franchise to realize a major success with the viewing public; one that will hopefully rejuvenate interest and perhaps pull in a whole new generation of fans.

Presented below are photos of several screen-used hand props from the film, including Kirk's communicator, Uhura's earpiece, a medical scanner/sensor from McCoy's tricorder, and a phaser pistol. The first three items were on display in early January, 2009 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show. It is pleasing to see a definite TOS influence in the design of these new devices ...