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

Friday, April 28, 2017

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



At this time, I am very pleased to announce the release of "To Boldy Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Three", the final volume in my trilogy of Original Series rare, behind-the-scenes photography books. The foreword to this brand new publication has been authored by the master filmmaker Adam Nimoy, who so recently touched the hearts of Star Trek fans around the world with his exceptional documentary For The Love of Spock - a profoundly moving celebration of the life and most famous role of his father Leonard. It is truly so exciting and a great honor for me to include Adam's wonderful introduction as part of this three book series; and I am so grateful to not only Marc Cushman, Doug Drexler, and Adam Nimoy for their extraordinary kindnesses, but also to so many others for their friendship and outstanding support.

The "To Boldly Go" third season book is a 226 page, full-color interior, softcover that contains well over 350 rare photos - the majority in vivid color - on large 8.5" x 11" pages, displayed in a similar format to the first and second season editions. When one considers all three of the books together as a complete set: a total of just over 1,100 rare, behind-the-scenes production shots, NBC publicity images and candid stills from the making of all 79 episodes (including the pilots) of TOS are presented over a total of 676 pages!

As was the practice for the first two books, I personally digitally restored all of the rare images that appear in this edition, with the specific goal of recreating the bold and vivid colors that were present in the original episode broadcasts. These rare photos, which originate from my personal collection that is over four decades in the making - beginning in the early '70s with the purchase of about 700 to 800 film clips from Gene Roddenberry's Lincoln Enterprises TOS fan mail order store - have been arranged into individual chapters for each episode; and are accompanied by usually brief but sometimes quite extensive descriptions about the filming or history of the related scene. The following article, which I wrote in January of 2014 at the time that about 70% of these images appeared in smaller and entirely black-and-white format in the outstanding Saturn Award winning Jacobs/Brown Press books "These Are The Voyages - TOS" by Marc Cushman, 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

Presented below are some samples of the interior pages of "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Three" (just click on any of the following pictures to enlarge them).

The book is available for immediate purchase at this Createspace store link (where you can save $6 off the purchase price and obtain it for $34.95 instead of its regular price of $40.95 by using the Discount Code 5BG395PJ when you check out):

 https://www.createspace.com/7022028

Additionally, this volume will appear on sale at Amazon.com (and international Amazon websites) sometime in the next few days at its full list price (but will likely be subject to free or discounted Amazon member shipping services or other offers). Please Note: The above Discount Code will not work at Amazon.com and is just a special incentive to make the purchase at Createspace, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.

As I've said in the past, it is my hope that my fellow Star Trek fans who decide to obtain a copy of any of the volumes will be pleased with the presentation of, ideally, a number of rare TOS images that they have not previously seen, and that they will consider their "To Boldly Go" books to be an enjoyable addition to their personal libraries!

Kindest Regards,

Gerald

4/29 UPDATE:  The Season Three volume of "To Boldly Go" is now available on Amazon.com at this link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692865462/













Sunday, April 23, 2017

Star Trek: The Original Series Alice Rawlings Jame Finney Dress from "Court Martial"

Presented below are some detailed photos of the highly memorable costume worn by Alice Rawlings as Jame Finney in the 1st season TOS episode "Court Martial" (first airdate: Feb. 2, 1967); featuring a design that appears to have been inspired by vintage US navy / sailor style clothing. Some screen captures of this dress as seen in "Court Martial" are included after the modern day imagery ...



































Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Star Trek: The Original Series Leslie Parrish Lt. Palamas Pink Grecian Dress from "Who Mourns for Adonais?"

Presented below are several detailed photos of the elegant grecian-style dress worn by actress Leslie Parrish as Lt. Carolyn Palamas in the 2nd season episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" (first airdate: Sept. 22, 1967).  Created by TOS Costume Designer Bill Theiss; this beautiful, flowing gown is highly regarded as one of the most attractive costumes seen in The Original Series.








As seen in the extreme close up shot immediately below, the skirt element was literally hanging around Leslie Parrish's waist by the strength of a thread!  Technically, a pair of threads as both the top and bottom hook closures were identically configured (only the bottom attachment is fully visible in the photo).






Below is a behind-the-scenes costume test photo of Leslie Parrish wearing this outfit; followed by some imagery of the gown as seen in "Who Mourns for Adonais?".




Friday, March 3, 2017

Propworx Star Trek Auction X - March 4, 2017



The tenth Propworx Star Trek memorabilia auction will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, 2017, with a live, online bidding session starting at 10:00 am Pacific Time on the LiveAuctioneers.com website.  A total of 171 lots of Star Trek memorabilia will be offered in the sale, featuring "props, costumes, artwork, set decoration, crew gifts, scripts" and additional production materials from across the franchise.  The auction will kick off with a pair of exciting model pieces from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with Lot 1 being a highly recognizable Front Deflector Dish section from the refit U.S.S. Enterprise filming model, and Lot 2 being an attractive Orbital Office Complex model piece that also saw service as part of the Regula I Space Station in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.   Fans of the Trip Tucker character from Star Trek: Enterprise, portrayed by Connor Trinneer, will be pleased to see a large selection of screen worn costumes and hand props related to the NX-01's Chief Engineer in this sale.   Additional highlights of the auction include a William Shatner worn Captain Kirk Commando-style Uniform from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Leonard Nimoy's Director Chair from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and a Patrick Stewart worn Captain Picard Starfleet Uniform from the seventh major Star Trek motion picture, ST: Generations.

Interested bidders may register to participate in the sale directly on the LiveAuctioneers.com website at this link:  https://new.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/100437_propworx-auction-x-star-trek-memorabilia

Presented below are some selected highlights from the Propworx Star Trek Auction X offerings.  Readers are encouraged to visit the liveauctioneers webpage to browse the complete listing of lots that are available as well as see the detailed descriptions for the individual pieces of memorabilia.