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Fascinating Photos Of 1970s Star Trek Conventions That Will Make You Smile

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Fascinating Photos Of 1970s Star Trek Conventions That Will Make You Smile

Welcome to the world of 1970’s New York Star Trek conventions. These were strange and wondrous places where anything was possible and war was nothing but a bad dream.

Brooklyn-based photographer Shalmon Bernstein was already known for photographing New York's costumed crowd when he began making his rounds with the blossoming 'Trekkie' community. It only made sense that he should be the one to capture the magic of their conventions with his camera.

There, surrounded by the glitter and weird glamour of aliens, Bernstein discovered a group of people who fought for peace and concerned themselves with creating harmony between various races and species in the galaxy. In a way, these people were like alien hippies, seeking love and peace for all.

These photos were shot for the August 4th 1977 issue of the Soho News. The feature was titled “Star Trek and the History of Western Thought” and introduced readers to the peaceful refuge found among the 'Trekkie' people of New York.

“At that time, mostly young people went to them [conventions] to be part of a community,” says Bernstein.

“Here they found a commonality in ideas of social justice, interracial or interspecies harmony. The young Trekkies looked forward to a world that would be brighter than the one they found themselves in. They had grown up hiding under classroom desks in drills preparing for a possible atomic attack.”

The costume fashions and hair styles have change a lot since these photos were taken, but it's comforting to see that 'Trekkies' have always valued the same peaceful core beliefs. The creativite and positive vibes really shine through with these photos!

Via Feature Shoot

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