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, August 30, 2010

TOS Crew Crystal from "By Any Other Name"

Presented below are some detailed photos of a rare screen used crew crystal from the 2nd season Star Trek: The Original Series episode "By Any Other Name" (first airdate: Feb. 23, 1968). It is made entirely of styrofoam and measures approximately 5" x 5" in size. As described by Rojan of the Kelvan Empire (portrayed by actor Warren Stevens), these props are "the essence of what they [the crew members] were; the flesh, and brain, and what you call 'personality', distilled down into these compact shapes. An inexpensively created, yet central plot device of the episode...

A similar crystal as displayed at the 1992 Star Trek Exhibition at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. ...

Some episode screenshots from "By Any Other Name" that feature these crystals ...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ceti Eels from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Presented below are some detailed photos of a pair of Ceti Eel props used in the production of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). The creatures were the only indigenous lifeforms of Ceti Alpha V known to have survived after Ceti Alpha VI exploded and sent Ceti Alpha V into a different orbit. They were featured in a highly memorable scene of The Wrath of Khan in which eel larvae was used by Khan Noonien Singh to facilitate mind control over his prisoners Commander Pavel Chekov and Captain Clark Terrell. Some film screenshots highlighting the eels are shown following the modern day images.

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

Monday, August 23, 2010

Special PhotoStudy: Star Trek The Original Series William Shatner Command Dress Tunic

Presented below are many high resolution photos that document the design and construction details of a William Shatner screen worn Command Dress Tunic used in the production of Star Trek: The Original Series. This rare and historic costume is one of the hallmark creations of TOS Costume Designer William Ware Theiss and likely saw service in several Original Series episodes. It is prominently featured in the closing scenes of the highly memorable 1st season episode "Space Seed" (first airdate: Feb. 16, 1967) when Captain Kirk holds a formal hearing to determine the fate of genetically engineered superman Khan Noonien Singh, played masterfully by actor Ricardo Montalban. Some episode screenshots from "Space Seed" that show William Shatner in this particular tunic are displayed following the modern day images.

Some episode screenshots ...