This page contains behind-the-scenes information about the STAR TREK Story Records and this web site. Sections in this page are:

Interesting Notes.

Price Information.

  The STAR TREK Story Records are readily available via online auctions such as Ebay, and since they exist in such abundance the going prices for most 45 RPM records are around $3 to $9. Their worth is surprising low despite the fact that they are around 25 years old. The 45 RPM STAR TREK Story Records were produced in such quantities that many, many exist in perfect condition still in shrink-wrap!

  The 33-1/3 RPM LP STAR TREK Story Records are less abundant and are thus more expensive. With the exception of Record #22 and Record #23, most LP's can be found through online auctions for around $12-$25. The LP's produced prior to 1979 are more expensive than the ones with photo covers which were produced in great abundance in 1979 to coincide with the release of the first STAR TREK movie.

  Record #22 (shown above) is a 12-inch record with 6 stories on it produced in 1979 or 1980. Record #23 is a very rare 12-inch record with 5 stories on it produced in 1979. Both are worth around $30 or $40 dollars but may still sell for less by auctioners unaware of their value.

About Peter Pan Industries.

   In the years just after the Second World War, a company was formed in New Jersey called Synthetic Plastics Company. Among various other products made at the manufacturing facility on Kormorn Street in Newark starting in 1949, were phonograph records including several aimed at children.

The 1940's

   These first offerings bore the label of Peter Pan Records and were 78 RPM records containing perennial children's song favorites such as Old MacDonald's Farm, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the Nine Billy Goats Gruff. These recordings often featured a vocal group called the Caroleers. Other singers appeared also and were sometimes accompanied by the Peter Pan Orchestra.

The 1950's and 1960's

   These brightly-colored plastic records featuring children's songs continued to be produced and sold into the 1950's and early 1960's. In the 1960's, fewer new titles were produced as the company turned to concentrate on their plastic products such as their other record label Promenade Records.

The 1970's and the dawn of Power Records

As the 1970's began, the Peter Pan Industries division was formed from parent company Synthetic Plastics, and the new wing started producing children's recordings that were spoken-word stories. These included Peter and the Wolf (1971) and a record with two stories derived from the Flintstones television series (1972). The latter was a tie-in to popular characters of the time would only be the first in a long, successful series of story records based on television shows, comics and movies. The number of media tie-in titles would ultimately number in the dozens, including such subjects as Superman, Batman, and Spiderman of the comics, Star Trek, Six Million Dollar Man, and Kojak from television, and four of the Planet of the Apes movies. Several of the STAR TREK records were produced by Arthur Korb.

The late 1970's and the 1980's

   The Power Records label was retired in 1977 and all subsequent records were produced under the Peter Pan Records name, including the several 1979 STAR TREK story records bearing photos from STAR TREK: The Motion Picture

How I made this site.

  The following is a brief overview of HOW I created this STAR TREK Story Records web site. These steps may be employed by anyone wanting to create web sites.

The Process:

  • Outline the web site. What pages will there be? What content will be in each page?
  • Design the site-wide motif. Come up with an overall look and feel for the site. At this point the buttons and background tiles are designed, fonts are chosen, and the decision as to how pictures will be framed and displayed is made, etc. Remember that the web site should look good on a 13-inch monitor. Many people have larger monitors but it is good design to at least make the top of each page useful and descriptive of your site without having to scroll down to find the site's purpose.
  • Create all the necessary layout graphics. Actually make all the button, horizontal rules, and title gifs and jpeg files.
  • Create a proof-of-concept page to view and exercise the web site's design. This is important because it will be difficult to change the overall design once the site is complete. If necessary, change the design until it works.
  • Find all the necessary graphic content for the site. These are the content graphics, not the layout graphics.
  • Research and write the textual content. This is actually the most important part of creating a site. Content should be the reason a site is placed online. Many people have an idea for a site and put it up without coming up with any original, compelling content.
  • Scan, create, video capture all the content pictures.
  • Process the pictures using an application such as Adobe PhotoShop and create jpeg or gif files. Resize all pictures to required size, do not place large pictures into the site and then scale them with the width, height parameters within the "img" html markup. This causes slow loading and generally poor visual results.
  • Create the html markup for each page. Place the text in borderless (border=0) tables that limit the text width to about 5-6 inches. It is not easy to read text lines that are several inches wide. Do the viewer of the site a favor and make it ergonomic. At this time, write the html markup to include the content graphics and navigation buttons.
  • Test the site locally. Place the site files in the correct folder structure and view the site with Netscape on your own computer. If it doesn't work locally it won't work when it's uploaded.
  • Write a cgi-script to control the site and record hits. This is optional, but I do it with all of my new web sites. It allows you to see what pages are visited and when. Also it is possible to construct each page of the site by putting together separate files of html markup for the header section, the footer section and so on. In this way it is possible to change the header of all of the pages by changing only one file.
  • Upload the whole site. It is best to place only complete pages on the net. It is very annoying to follow a link from a site's main page to find a shell of a page that is "coming soon" or "under construction." If the page is coming soon put it in a list of coming soon pages. Don't tantalize your visitors by placing references, descriptions and links to empty pages. It is like buying a book with a table of contents listing whole chapters that aren't there but will be coming in the next published edition. For announcing new pages that you add in the future, consider creating a What's New page.
  • Test the site on the Internet. This is important since servers are more case sensitive than home computers. The site that worked on your computer may have bad links when uploaded. I have seen many pages on the net that have simple errors in them that the site maintainer could fix in a second if he only took the time to visit his own site after each change. When testing a site look for missing pictures, misspellings, bad text formatting, and bad or expired links.
  • Register your site with the major search engines.
  • Maintain your site. This is the ongoing process that is much neglected. Visit your site from time to time to determine if it is up-to-date and to check that all of the external links still work. If the site is out of date either update it, remove it, or prominently declare the date that it was last updated.

STAR TREK is a Registered Trademark of Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. The STAR TREK story records were produced by Peter Pan Records, and Power Records a Division of Peter Pan Industries.