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, March 30, 2010

Special PhotoStudy: Star Trek The Original Series Balok Puppet Head

Presented below are some detailed, modern day photos of the Balok puppet head employed in the first season TOS episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" (First Airdate: Nov. 10, 1966) - a sculpture that has become one of the iconic images of Star Trek. Created by the legendary artist and special effects master Wah Ming Chang, who also designed and fabricated the TOS communicator and tricorder hand props; this head was seen in the closing credits of many Star Trek Original Series episodes as the background image for Herbert Solow's "Executive In Charge of Production" credit. Following the modern day images are some photos of the puppet head as seen in "The Corbomite Maneuver."

Many thanks to veteran Star Trek collector Michael in Missouri for his kind permission to display these photos.










The initial Wah Chang concept sketch for Balok ...


The puppet on the Desilu soundstage during filming of "The Corbomite Maneuver" ...


Some episode screenshots showing Captain Kirk's first contact with this alien life form ...




Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rare TOS Behind The Scenes Photos Part VI

Some rarely seen photos taken during production of The Original Series ...




















Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rare Video on The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (10 min)

A very entertaining video on the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture(1979) filled with rare behind-the-scenes footage. Runtime: 10 min 15 sec

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Special PhotoStudy: Star Trek The Original Series 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser

Presented below are some detailed photos of a rare screen-used midgrade Type II Pistol Phaser from Star Trek: The Original Series. This style of TOS phaser features a powerpack/hand grip characterized by an elongated central groove that extends along the full length of the section, and was seen in such 3rd season episodes as "Plato's Stepchildren" and "The CloudMinders".


































Some TOS 3rd Season episode screenshots featuring this style of Pistol Phaser ...