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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Grace Lee Whitney: 1930 - 2015

The world has just lost another beloved Star Trek Original Series cast member with the passing of Grace Lee Whitney on Friday, May 1st at the age of 85.  According to The New York Times, her son Jonathan Dweck confirmed that she died peacefully at her home in Coarsegold, California due to natural causes.  Ms. Whitney is of course best known for her appearances as Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes of TOS; a role that she reprised in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and additional feature films in the franchise, as well as an episode of Star Trek: Voyager in 1996 called "Flashback".   Her Hollywood career is a long and storied one, and began with a role in the 1947 film "Mystery Range"; while her television debut came in 1952 for the series "The Unexpected".  At a recent Las Vegas Star Trek Convention appearance, Grace Lee reminisced about being cast as a member of the all-woman band in the 1959 film "Some Like It Hot" and sharing a scene with Marilyn Monroe.   In his comments to the press, Dweck stated "Over time, she became appreciative of her short time on 'Star Trek' because she developed meaningful relationships with the fans, Leonard Nimoy and other cast members."  Whitney partially credited Nimoy with helping reboot her acting career in the late '70s after successfully overcoming a difficult period in which she struggled with alcoholism.

Below are some rare images of Grace Lee taken during the production of TOS ...

She will be remembered and beloved by fans around the world.   Rest In Peace, Grace Lee.