I just came across this gorgeous portrait of Nichelle Nichols taken likely in the late 60’s. She is the Queen. High Voltage indeed! I love the zebra print dress; a classic look one could easily wear today! We love you Nichelle! <3
I came across this great publicity pic of Leonard that I have never seen before. Dated March 18, 1968 the caption reads:
“Leonard Nimoy…a pointy eared newcomer to our screens.”
This is from a New Zealand TV guide, and it appears that New Zealand got Trek a good two years before neighboring Australia – lucky them! I’m guessing this was taken the same time as the famous ‘Spock holding Enterprise‘ images, but this looks like his ‘lab’ is more set for a plumbing job!
Hey Kids, I’m back!
Thanks for your patience, for it is truly rewarded today!
A while back I posted some wonderful black and white photos from the eBay dealer rexliv who had come across rare negative directly from the original series sets, taken by studio photographers to capture rehearsal and publicity photos for the series. Just when I thought these were the holy grail of Trek memorabilia, rexliv strikes again with COLOR NEGATIVES!
How the dealer describes his find is nothing short of miraculous, and the fact that these have not been destroyed in over 50 years and are in remarkable condition is astonishing. As the dealer states in his descriptions:
This authentic Color original Film Negative from the Original Star Trek TV Series is in excellent Condition for its age. During the Production of Star Trek, Photographers were hired to take Publicity Photo’s of the Series for magazine distribution and for advertising purposes. I recently obtained quite a few of these Publicity Negatives from a woman in new York City. She stated that she obtained them from a friend who worked in a professional Photo Lab as a Custom Photo Printer in New York City during the Mid-1980s. He stated to her that he was assigned to clean out the Dead Photo Files at the Lab when he found the Star Trek Negatives. The woman had kept them in their original envelopes along with their original Contact Sheets ever since the Mid-1980s when her friend had given them to her. Each five frame negative strip was enclosed in a clear plastic sleeve. Since the negatives were taken by an On Set Photographer, they are obviously a “One Of A Kind” Film Negative and display different angles of the actors as they posed for Publicity Photo’s and during live action scenes from the Episodes. They are quite RARE indeed.
Well Yes indeed! Welcome to Trekkie Heaven Everyone!
NOTE: Currently many of these negatives are NOT up for sale, and some of them have been sold. However, they are VERY LIKELY to go back up for auction. So for you diehards, I highly recommend you check out the dealer’s current auctions here. You can see the completed (and may unsold) auctions here. He is also currently selling positive contact sheets of the full color negatives. These auctions will end TOMORROW (Friday, October 27) So check it out before they end!
I’ve posted the photos of the positive images that the dealer posted that are not included in the actual auctions but used as examples of how the negatives would look when processed. I’ve enhanced a few of these positive images to improve their tone and contrast. And man, what a find! From De Kelley’s incredible baby blues to Shatner’s smirks and the occasional Nimoy grin, it’s like I’ve traveled in a time machine back to 1966!
Wow. Just Wow. You can see why not all of these were used (lighting off, or someone coughed) But they are totally iconic, regardless. Man, how I would have loved that job! I’ll post more in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
Came across these on eBay the other day — a dealer had purchased original negatives from a photographer who took on-the-set photos of the Star Trek cast during the filming of Amok Time (among others). These outtakes are quite a treasure trove! I suspect it was common to have photographers on set to take pictures for publicity, but unlike regular publicity photos, these are not staged, but taken during the actual rehearsals and filming. I’ll be watching out for more!
Finally getting back into posting after a couple of very busy months between work and being sick! (I’m feeling great today!)
My friend Karen found these fantastic candid photos of actress Arlene Martel prepping for her role as T’Pring in Amok Time, as well as a secondary promo pic of she and Leonard (they look thisclose to kissing!) I’m including the more common promo shot of T’Pring and Spock glancing at each other too) What a find! I can never get enough of rare TOS shots! She’s just adorable as she shows off her ears and wig! Lovely Arlene <3 Missed.
This is all kinds of wonderful. Just a few days ago at the the Destination: Star Trek Convention in Birmingham, England, the stars the many Trek incarnations as well as special guests posed on a lovely recreation of the Enterprise bridge! But most importantly, Captain Kirk, Mr. Chekov and Mr. Sulu were back at their stations!
This picture got me a little emotional! Seeing William Shatner, Walter Koenig and George Takei sitting so fine just made my heart swell (and break just a little)! Unfortunately, Nichelle Nichols couldn’t make it, but I’m sure she was there in spirit. And as beautiful as this is, it made me miss the crew now watching from above: Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Fortunately, the legendary three here had plenty of support in their Trek family. Most notable is Leonard’s son, Adam Nimoy, standing in for his beloved father. As much as I wish that Leonard was still here, I’m so thankful that Adam was there for him.
I also LOVE that George Takei wore a black shirt with a bright yellow sweater, mimicking his original uniform, and look how proudly his sits back at his helm! Steady as she goes!
Now enjoy this moment of Star Trek Awesomeness!
Browsing the net yesterday and came across this fantastic auction of Star Trek items! There are props, scripts and costumes from all the Trek series, but I’m focusing on TOS here 🙂
The Auction is being held by the site invaluble.com, and you can see the entire list of Trek items here. Note: This auction started yesterday (6/29) and ends tomorrow (7/1) — the bidding is going on as I write this, (on unpublished photo negatives, scripts, etc>) and they’re saving the real iconic stuff for the last day! Costumes!!! (Spock’s Shirt! Carolyn Palamas’ pink toga!!!)
I’m amazed to see how so many of these survived 50+ years in remarkable shape! Of course, if I had money to burn, you know I’d bid heavily on the Spock Tunic! The story of the tunic is incredible — this original screen-worn tunic of Nimoy’s was won in a movie magazine contest in 1968, and the owner has kept it quietly in her dark closet all these years; preventing fading and damage (thank goodness there wasn’t a fire in all those years!) Seeing the condition of some of these gives an insight to how backstage work went; there’s an insignia missing 0n a couple, probably re-used) And the Klingon pants were see-through??? (worn with black pants underneath!) You gotta hand it to the auction company Profiles in History to find all the coolest stuff!
It’s a TOS fans dream! Get a load of these! (No drooling on your device!)
I’m a fool for original TOS Publicity Photos! These are just GOLD! I just came across these from the site Addicted to Sci-Fi. The funnything here is, of course, that Rand and Spock rarely had any scenes together (and were hardly this snuggly) on the series!
RIP Leonard and Grace, your smiles are with us always <3
I’m always happy to find publicity photos for original Trek episodes. Recently I came across a few I had never seen before! It makes me wonder if there were publicity pictures for every episode made? (Wouldn’t that be great?) Well, I’ll keep searching! Here’s some fun ones for now from This Side of Paradise, Mudd’s Women, and Spectre of the Gun! I find the Mudd’s Women’s ones especially funny!