Way back in March of this year, one of our readers, Reece, sent me these great stills of his 1977 Star Trek catalog form the (legendary) Federation Trading Post (FTP)– –and it’s a wonder. Reece had auctioned this catalog on eBay and sold it for $65.00! And graciously let me use these auction pictures for this post. Thanks so much, Reece, and congrats on your noteworthy sale! (See, sometimes it pays to save stuff from your childhood!)
As to the catalog itself, boy, does this take me back! Imagine, color prints (color!) for a dollar, color slides for 50 cents, buttons, bumper stickers, models, books, color slides! It’s a year-round convention huckster room! There’s even a two record album of William Shatner Live!
You see, In a pre-internet era, if you wanted Trek images, you’d have to find them at conventions or back pages of Starlog or in brochures like (Roddenberry’s) Lincoln Enterprises or this. FTP was a Trekker (and Star Wars fan) paradise. I never got a chance to see it in person, or order stuff like this, but if I did my walls would have been plastered with this stuff! (Ah the teenage mentality) However I did (and may still) own the actual full color collage poster on the front page
Looking at this makes me wonder how much of this stuff is still available to collectors today? Does anyone here have any of the Trekkie stuff buried away in their attics? I know I still have some of the original cutting floor 35mm slides that I got from a friend somewhere! If you find anything, let me know and I may just post it here! (You can contact me here) Enjoy this tasty nostalgia everyone!
Well, Hurricane Sandy kind of fizzled in my area, still on a high wind watch but no notable damages. Hope everyone reading this is okay, and that your managing well.
Here’s a little distraction, today’s flashback is from June of 1977. Trekkies were having a great time nationally on two fronts. The experimental space shuttle Enterprise had made its first successful flight and to make the joy complete, Paramount announced that, yes, Star Trek would be coming back as a TV series!! I admit, I was excited at the prospect of Trek being back on TV, but I was wary of it too. After all, it had been 9 years since the original was canceled, and if if was coming back, I was in the camp that wanted it to look and feel exactly like the original, same uniforms, same ship, same crew. I remember having doubts about this venture, and was concerned that since many of the actors, especially Nimoy, had moved on, that this just wasn’t going to work, at least not in a TV series. My doubts proved right as the proposed Star Trek 2 pretty much died on the drawing board. But at the time, it was still a possibility. Yet I knew that if Trek came back in this form, it would lose its distinctly 60’s feel, and I really wasn’t looking forward to a polyester-disco Trek. Now if the series hadn’t been canceled in the first place I think it would have concluded its mission in a satisfactory condition, and probably would have been canceled a year or two later. But then, it would have never evolved into the eventual movie and TV ‘franchise’ it is today, and we never would have had its ultimate rebirth in J.J. Abrams 2009’s Star Trek, which in the end was the movie I had been waiting 30 years for! In hindsight, it worked out pretty good, but I still wonder how Trek might have been if it lasted an extra two seasons in its original form. I’ll write a speculation on this soon, for now, enjoy the euphoria, excitement, and speculation as Trekkies the world over anticipated the return of their favorite show .