Classic 1977 ‘Federation Trading Post’ Trek Catalog from reader Reece

Hey Kids,

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!

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The Daily Scrapbook 10/10/12

Here’s today’s flashback, and a real taste of how Trek fandom had gone crazy!  Looks like Trekkies were supporting a good chunk of the American economy, with these two long-gone ‘enterprises’.  Imagine, two actual stores completely devoted to Trek merchandise — like a convention ‘huckster’ room every day!  Heck, if Star Wars hadn’t come along, these may still be in business!

First, the mail order service STAR TREK GALORE in Longbeach Florida, and then the famous actual storefront  FEDERATION TRADING POST in midtown Manhattan;  it must have been Trekkie paradise!  I could only imagine going there ( I had received these in the mail) and spending the day shopping for buttons, stills, and maybe a set of pointed ears.  I can see the owners gleefully rubbing their hands together as the new Trek devotees ate it all up.  And how I would have killed to see “The Only Star Trek Museum in the Galaxy!”

Anyone here ever see or hear or know more of these now defunct businesses? Would love to see any other info or pictures…  Love the artwork on these .