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

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Star Trek: The Original Series Commercially Available Props

The Desilu Star Trek production team sometimes employed commercially available, off-the-shelf items as props or background set dressing during the filming of TOS episodes. Presented below are photos of some of the vintage '60s-era products that were utilized as well as their "23rd century" Original Series appearances.

Special thanks to Star Trek collector Greg Schnitzer for his gracious permission to display his original photography of  the Milton-Bradley "Try-It" maze game, the Jeppesen CSG-1 Slide Flight Computer, and the Wigginton Polarity Tester amongst the images seen below.

1964 George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey 1/4 Gallon 1 Quart Bottle
(used as a Saurian Brandy Bottle)

Ace Round Playing Cards (also sold as Jajaco brand)

ChechLine 3D Tic Tac Toe game

Vintage Danish Eames Era Salt & Pepper Shakers
(used as Dr. McCoy's scalpels)

Realistic Highball Microphone
(used as "White Sound Device" / Heartbeat Reader)

Nuclear-Chicago Model 2586 Radiation Survey Instrument
(used as Spectrum Analyzer)

Milton Bradley Try It maze game

Jeppesen CSG-1 Slide Graphic Flight Computer

Jeppesen B-1 Slide Graphic Flight Computer

Westinghouse Lumina Series Light Radio
(used as a Voice/Data Recorder)

Wigginton DC Polarity Tester