Updated: May 21, 2006
ORIGINAL SCUBA BREATHING HOSE DEVICE
"Voyage to Bottom of The Sea" Original screen-used Scuba-Dive
Gear (Breathing hoses and mouth-apparatus) 3-piece lot.
Rare original find, from the famous "Secret Ranch" (the
largest Irwin Allen original production memorabilia discovery
in history) 1993.
Here's another totally unique, rare and very crazy, Irwin
Allen production-used relic:
We, and everyone we know in the Hollywood memorabilia
community, that we have shown this vintage television artifact
lot to, especially with the extensive "Secret Ranch"
backstory, are 99% positive that this is an original set of
"Scuba-Dive Gear, consisting of "2" Breathing hoses & "1"
Mouth-apparatus", from the classic Irwin Allen Feature Film
and / or Television Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
This piece, along with 95% of the Irwin Allen Jupiter-2,
Seaview and Spindrift set-dressing control panels, speakers,
etc. that has been sold on the Hollywood memorabilia circuit
over the past decade, was found at the legendary "Secret
Ranch," located at one time in South-Eastern California in the
This location yielded the largest discovery of original Irwin
Allen screen-used original set dressing (along with Planet of
the Apes and numerous other 20th Century Fox productions) ever
found in Hollywood memorabilia history. They had been
considered lost and or destroyed for well over 25 years before
The discovery of and the subsequent battle over these and many
other lost television and feature film artifacts found at "The
Secret Ranch," was reminiscent of the fictional rivalry
between the characters Indiana Jones & the evil Dr. Rene
"Belloq" of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A bitter battle which
raged for well over a decade, between two rival Hollywood
Memorabilia collectors, one being James Latta (who has been
called the "Indiana Jones of Hollywood memorabilia" in the
press), and his rival - who shall remained un-named
here...(but obviously, he was the "evil" one).
"The Secret Ranch" was a massive, remote storage facility made
up of five, 100 ft. long chicken coop barns, which contained
well over 500+ individual pieces of film and television
production memorabilia, including full-size vehicles (boats, a
locomotive from "Von Ryan's Express", horse-drawn carriages,
sleighs, etc.), miniatures (including the 10 ft. Jupiter 2 and
pieces from "Tora, Tora, Tora", the 40 ft. battleship
miniature that John Wayne commanded in "In Harm's Way"),
furniture (including from the sets of "Apes City" in "Planet
of the Apes"), signage, and other set dressing from hundreds
of movies and TV shows. Many of these historic pieces were
unidentified and at any moment could have discarded or
destroyed. Many, just prior to being discovered, researched,
authenticated and in many cases, set for restoration and / or
preservation by J. Latta, could have been discarded or
destroyed at any time.
The owner of the location was an eccentric collector,
entrepreneur, rancher and jet-pilot, who planned on using
these pieces mentioned above to decorate a chain of
restaurants, long before Planet Hollywood (who eventually
bought the entire contents of "The Secret Ranch", after James
Latta's discovery. Latta was one of the lead researchers and
acquisition specialists for Planet Hollywood from their first
location until their last).
The eccentric rancher bought the majority of his collection of
Hollywood memorabilia at the renown "Studio Back-Lot Auctions"
of the early 1970's. After the introduction of televisions
into millions of homes across the USA, the subsequent Movie
Studio reaction was to produce huge "epic movies" such as the
mega-budgeted "Cleopatra", etc. the Movie Studios almost went
bust, so they began to sell off their production-used assets (
including their historic memorabilia ) in massive public
auctions and "lot-sales". Note: Eventually the Studios would
address the television issue, by acquiring various Television
Networks and TV Studios.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, original Scuba-Dive Gear,
consisting of 2 breathing hoses and 1 mouth-apparatus
manufactured by "VOIT".
Please note in the photographs depicted above, the very
visible "VOIT" logo on the mouth apparatus which the 2
breathing hoses are attached to, and compare this logo, with
enhanced close-up photograph of a Diver from a scene in Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea, and the VOIT logo clearly visible on
This piece was found at "The Secret Ranch" in a crate a long
with a yellow painted mini-oxygen tank from the classic
Science Fiction film, "The Fantastic Voyage" and in the
vicinity of a ridiculously large Hypodermic Needle from "Land
of the Giants".
With the advent of color Television, one of Irwin Allen's
key-production design elements that he utilized in every
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Adventure Television series that
he produced, was to utilize vivid colors to brighten sets,
costumes, and props. As is evident in "Voyage to the Bottom of
the Sea", where even the Dive Suits were bright colors.
Coming across this rarely seen piece of original "Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea" production memorabilia was intriguing
to say the least. It was the sincere hope, upon pulling it out
of a mixture of assorted Studio epherma, that the Scuba-Gear
would prove to be authentic. Needless to say, when comparing
the mouth-piece apparatus to the black & white photo depicted
below, was an exciting moment.
As you can see by the photos of the item, it shows
approximately 40 years of natural aging. It was no doubt, also
weathered from use underwater during filming. It may be able
to be cleaned to an extent, but needs to be placed in a
professional museum quality display case, shadowbox or frame.
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity on Museum of Science
Fiction & Fantasy (the planned, but never realized Museum),
hand-signed by noted Hollywood Memorabilia authority, James
Latta (now retired).
(*) Many thanks to "ToyHawks" for this info and photos!