Thursday, September 11, 2014

Paperwork from the 'Verse

"Firefly" is long gone, but it's fans continue to keep the show alive.  Yellowjacket brings us an impressive collection of paper props from the 'Verse, including ship's papers, transit labels, industrial signage, and currency.  His discussion thread includes links to everything in high-resolution PDF format.






6 comments:

CoastConFan said...

That’s a nice assembly of faux official paper for Firefly. I really appreciate the amount of graphic work required to make this stuff, especially when you know the base source of some of the documents.

The One Credit note is based on American occupation currency of the post-WWII era, which seems really appropriate in the Firefly Universe. The B script is the most common being used for civilians in Okinawa and the Ryukyu Island from 1948 to 1958. The rest of Japan got the “New Yen” issue starting in 1946, which was not a military currency. Occupied Germany had similar square notes for Marks until they got their own currency back in 1949. There are some great high resolution images of defunct paper money on line. I used to collect 20th century inflation currency, especially European paper money from 1923 to 1945.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_yen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_payment_certificate

gndn said...

I know William Pace, and I love his work, but what prompted this slight departure from the usual stuff?
I'm not at all against it, I'm just curious.

Propnomicon said...

@ CoastConFan

Your depth of knowledge always amazes me. I knew some of the show's original currency was based on old Asian bills, but I didn't have a clue about the source for these.

@gndn

I thought it was cool. Heh.

Gertrude Perkins said...

Speaking of Firefly and props, Margaret Weis Productions has released in hardback and PDF their new "Firefly" tabletop RPG, a prequel (if you like) to their earlier Serenity RPG, but using the revised Cortex Plus system.

gndn said...

"I thought is was cool." That's good enough for me! FYI, I've made my own Firefly expanded universe stuff, which you can find here:

http://gndn.wordpress.com/tag/firefly/

The show (and movie) banknotes were based on a scan of a Bhutan banknote, which I will lay claim to having identified. Also ID'ed the 'face' as a very ugly building from a Macedonian banknote.

You should hang around FireflyProps.net more often if you're into this stuff.


-Mike J.

Propnomicon said...

@ Gertrude Perkins

Thanks! I'd love to be part of a game that took advantage of all these fan created props.

@ gndn

That's some beautiful work, and your blog is outstanding. I've added it to the Propmaking Resources sidebar. I love the focus on more obscure items.