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, October 31, 2009

Star Trek TOS Starfleet Captain/Commodore Tunic

Below are some detailed photos of a screen-used velour command tunic from Star Trek: The Original Series that may have been worn by William Shatner as Captain Kirk prior to being redressed to the rank of Lieutenant. The closeup views of the cuffs clearly show the imprints from more elaborate braid which was previously affixed to the costume. The traces of multiple bands of decoration are indicative of the patterns seen on Captains and Commodores tunics. Photos of authentic TOS Commodore braid and insignia, worn by actor William Windom as Commodore Matt Decker in the 2nd season episode "The Doomsday Machine" (first airdate: Oct. 20, 1967) are shown following the tunic images.

Many thanks to long time Star Trek fan and collector Paul in France for his kind permission to display these photos.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Star Trek TOS 1st Season Command Tunic

Below are some detailed photos of a screen used Command tunic from the 1st season of Star Trek: The Original Series. This costume was constructed from a gold velour fabric which had a tendency to shrink, sometimes considerably, during cleaning - and this behavior eventually prompted the wardrobe department to switch to a more stable nylon diamond weave double knit fabric for the creation of the 3rd season Starfleet tunics and dresses. In the last 3 photos a bolt of Phase II square weave command fabric, which perfectly matches the lime green color of TOS 3rd season command fabric, is shown side-by-side with the gold velour, for color comparison purposes.

Many thanks to long time Star Trek fan and collector Paul in France for his kind permission to display these photos.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Star Trek: The Original Series Android Necklace from "I, Mudd"

Presented below are some detailed photos of an android necklace used in the 2nd season TOS episode "I, Mudd" (first airdate: Nov. 3, 1967). This prop was also created in a "hero" version which featured flashing lights in the white identification number module. At the bottom of this post are some episode screenshots that show the closeup appearance of both the working and non-functional versions.

Screenshots from "I, Mudd" ...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Star Trek: The Original Series Pain Collar from "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

Presented below are some detailed photos of a Triskelion Pain Collar prop used in the 2nd season TOS episode "The Gamesters Of Triskelion" (first airdate: Jan 5, 1968). The clear plastic outer tube, which surrounds the smaller diameter silver colored inner surface, has severely yellowed over time, affecting the overall appearance of the collar. The final photo in this post - an episode screenshot featuring Captain Kirk wearing a pain collar - shows the original, pristine appearance of the prop.

Many thanks to long-time Star Trek fan and collector Gordon in Pennsylvania for his kind permission to display these photos.

Lt. Uhura's Quarters on the Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise

Some views of Lt. Uhura's Quarters (a redressed Desilu set that was also employed as both Kirk's and Spock's quarters) as seen in the 3rd season episodes "Elaan of Troyius", on loan to Elaan, and "The Tholian Web" ...

Captain Kirk's Quarters on the Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise

Presented below are several TOS episode screenshots that provide a good overview of the appearance of the Captain's Quarters aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. This set on the Desilu Studios Soundstage 9 was frequently redressed to accommodate the storyline of the episode being filmed and often served as the quarters for other officers and crew aboard ship, most notably Mr. Spock and Lt. Uhura.

In the 1st season episode "The Conscience of the King" (first airdate: Dec. 8, 1966), some wide angle views capture the overall layout of the room that features a distinct sleeping area, an office area and a dresser/grooming area. The Quarters are being searched by Kirk and Spock who are trying to locate a phaser on overload that has been hidden in the room ...

Some views of the sleeping area from different perspectives as seen in the episodes "Obsession", "Wink of an Eye", "The Conscience of the King", and "The Enemy Within" ...

The office area as seen in "The Conscience of the King", "The Tholian Web" and "This Side of Paradise" ...

The dresser ...

By the 3rd season episode "The Tholian Web" (first airdate: Nov. 15, 1968) some artwork on the wall in the sleeping area has replaced the plant seen in early episodes ...