Sunday, June 05, 2016

At Flashbak; The Star Trek Postcard Book (1977)

This week at Flashbak, I remembered the Star Trek Postcard Book of 1977.

“In 1977, Prime Press, a Division of Nostalgia Press, published a Star Trek Postcard Book, a large-sized book featuring 48 full-color post-cards from the original series that were “detachable and ready to use.” The book sold for just $5.95.

These “action and portrait photos from TV’s greatest sci-fi series” were absolutely beautiful, fully-captioned, and each page of six postcards even featured themes. 

One page, for example was devoted to shots of the U.S.S. Enterprise in space, and these are remarkable today in part because CGI effects have replaced these classic model shots in the actual episodes.  There are shots here from the award-winning episode “The Tholian Web,” for instance.

Another page offers a selection of Trek’s gorgeous matte-paintings, featuring imagery of planets Delta Vega (“Where No Man Has Gone Before,”), Janus VI (“Devil in the Dark”) Starbase 11 (“The Menagerie”), Eminiar VII (“A Taste of Armageddon”) and the Rigel Fortress (“The Menagerie.”) 

A third page of six post-cards is devoted to Star Trek’s most memorable aliens, including the Gorn (“Arena,”) the Balok puppet (“The Corbomite Maneuver,”) a Tellarite (“Journey to Babel,”) The Mugato (“A Private Little War,”) the Talosians (“The Cage”) and The Vians (“The Empath.”)…”

Please continue reading at Flashbak.

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