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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Special Report: Introducing the book "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season One" - Now Available!

I am very pleased to announce my first endeavor as an author with the release of this 218 page, full-color interior, softcover volume entitled "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season One", which is now available for purchase!

This edition contains approximately 330 rare, behind-the-scenes images - the majority in full and vivid color on large 8.5" by 11" pages - from the making of the first season and pilot episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.  All of the photographs shown in this book come from my personal collection; which I began as a youth in the early 1970's with the purchase of about 700 to 800 film clips from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek memorabilia company called Lincoln Enterprises, and which I have continuously grown over the last forty years. It now consists of thousands of rare NBC publicity shots, candid still photos/negatives taken on the TOS sets, and rare Lincoln clips. For those that are not familiar with the exact nature of the film cells sold to fans by Gene Roddenberry's company, they were the unused pieces of printed footage, called the "trims" and "outtakes", that were left over after the Desilu Studios film editors assembled the desirable footage into the finished master versions of the Star Trek episodes. So the most desirable versions of these little pieces of 35 mm half-frame film featured some truly spectacular behind-the-scenes imagery, such as the clapperboard technician - typically Bill McGovern - holding a slate in front of the actors about to film a scene; or other rare casting or special effects related footage, or sometimes imagery with members of the behind-the-camera production crew actually visible in the frame. In January, 2014 - as many photos from my collection were published in black-and-white format in the first volume of the Saturn-award winning book series "These Are The Voyages - TOS" by Marc Cushman - I wrote the following article for this website, which still provides a good overview and introduction to my rare Star Trek image collection: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2014/01/special-report-behind-scenes-look-at.html

"To Boldly Go" presents not only many of the most exciting images from the Cushman TOS Season One book - most of which are now seen in color - but also a wealth of additional rare photos not included in the "These Are The Voyages" series.

I have personally digitally restored all of the rare photos that appear in this edition, and I paid special attention to the goal of recreating the bold and vivid colors that were present in the original broadcasts of the episodes. Since early 2013, I estimate that I've devoted between 2,000 and 3,000 hours to this activity. It was first necessary to perform what was sometimes extensive repair work on many of the images that appeared in the three "These Are The Voyages" books; to correct defects such as scratches and/or blemishes on the film scan - which I performed first on the color versions of the imagery, and also completed a preliminary color correction effort to remove the heavy magenta tinting affecting many of these photos before creating and then fine-tuning the black and white versions. And throughout 2015 into the start of this year, I completed my final color correction efforts on all of the first season imagery - which typically involved selecting tiny portions of geometry within the individual photos and adjusting the colors one group of similar geometry at a time - such as all the actors skin, or all of the red velour Starfleet tunics, or just the red/orange railing in Bridge photos, etc. On a few occasions, the knowledge gained by the appearance of screen used TOS memorabilia at auction has enabled me to enhance the vintage imagery with unquestionably real world, historically accurate colors. For example, modern day photos from the recent 2013 sale by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles of Captain Kirk's Laser Rifle from the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" were very useful to my efforts to colorize an early B&W NBC publicity shot featuring Sally Kellerman and William Shatner, who posed with the laser rifle. Here is what the original publicity photo looked like prior to colorization ... (Note: clicking on any picture below will display an enlarged version).

and here is one of the Julien's images of the Laser rifle at auction ...

Finally, presented below is the colorized version as it appears in the pages of "To Boldly Go" ...

Another example can be drawn from the 2010 sale by the California auction house Profiles In History of the famous Balok alien puppet head seen in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". The consignor of the Balok puppet was very gracious in providing me with a number of close up photos of the puppet head for display on this website in the month and a half preceding the auction; and those pictures were particularly useful to me in clarifying the paint colors employed in detailing the puppets eye/Iris, and the periorbital skin (the region surrounding the eyelids) on the puppet when I set about to colorize a rare B&W candid shot of William Shatner on set with Balok. Here is how the original image appeared ...

and one of the modern day reference photos of the Balok puppet ...

and now the finished, colorized version of this image as it appears in the pages of "To Boldly Go" ...

I believe that my photo restoration efforts have also been aided by the fact that, as a longtime Star Trek prop and costume collector, I have been quite fortunate over the years to have actually owned and/or handled dozens of screen used items from The Original Series, and so am familiar with their correct colors, and still possess items that have and will continue to serve as excellent color references. Although, it is certainly true that the appearance of some memorabilia, in particular the gold velour 1st and 2nd season command fabric as well as the olive-green nylon 3rd season command fabric used in the Starfleet tunics, could at times vary drastically under stage lighting or in flash photography, and thus not really closely resemble their natural, in-person and off-screen colors. Still, it is my belief that the readers of this book will truly be able to enjoy some of the finest, historically accurate rare Star Trek photo restorations ever produced -- which are in some cases quite unique with regard to what has been seen in the past as I have especially created - for the first time ever to my knowledge - a number of brand new colorized versions of certain B&W candid and publicity shots just for inclusion in this volume.

It should also be noted that the rare pictures in this collection are all accompanied by usually brief but, on occasion, quite extensive descriptions or anedotes about the filming of the related scene or episode. Which makes this volume, I believe, an entertaining and unique (and hopefully somewhat informative) photographic history of the making of the first season of TOS.

Presented below are some additional samples of the interior pages of "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season One" (Again, just click to enlarge any picture)...

It is truly my hope that those fellow fans who decide to purchase a copy will be pleased to discover perhaps several previously unseen rare TOS images that will bring a smile to their faces; and that "To Boldly Go" will be a valued addition to their personal Star Trek libraries.

Special thanks to my good friend and Saturn Award winning author Marc Cushman who has graciously given much of his time and knowledge in not only authoring the Foreword to this volume; but also in providing detailed editing notes and recommendations.

"To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season One" will shortly appear on sale at Amazon.com (and indeed international Amazon websites) for its full list price of $40; but it is immediately available for purchase at the Createspace (an Amazon company) estore at the link provided below. As a special enticement for buyers to visit the Createspace store, I am pleased to provide the following introductory offer Discount Code which can only be used at Createspace and which allows you to buy "To Boldly Go" for just $36 (and thus realize a special 10% savings off the regular purchase price). Interestingly, at $36 for 330 rare photos, the cost per image is close to 11 cents - which is slightly less than the 8 for $1 sales price of the Lincoln clips back in 1970.

The Createspace discount code is: DJSNR44B

which may be used to buy a copy of "To Boldly Go" for $36 at this Createspace estore link:


Kindest Regards,

3/15 UPDATE:  "To Boldly Go" is now available at Amazon.com at this link (and Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Free 2-Day shipping):


P.S.  Just as an additional thought, to my fellow fans who visit this page - even if you don't wish to make a purchase at this time - I would greatly appreciate your kindness in sharing this article on social media to help spread the word about this book, as I truly will not be conducting any formal marketing campaign at all, but just hope to rely on word of mouth to spread awareness.  Many thanks for your consideration of this.