The Haunted Studios Collection™ began in the
summer of 1963. The collection's founder, Ken Patterson, that
year met and was befriended by sculptor and 60s counter culture
founding father Vito Paulekas. The Photo Below shows Ken along
with other members of Vito's Dancers with the band
The Fraternity of
Man in 1967.
It was through his friendship with Vito that Ken met
Hopkins, then talent coordinator (aka "kook-booker) for The Steve
Allen Show that taped in a dilapidated theater on Vine Street in
Hollywood. The one time silent film theater had been
rechristened The Steve Allen Playhouse and converted to a "live on
tape" audience rated television studio. Years later Ken
and his friend
David B. Doty would again cross paths with Jerry as a supplier of hand made God's
Eye necklaces to Hopkins' Headquarters psychedelic shop in Westwood.
Ken made friends with many of the show's crew members, and spent his
days "hanging out" at the studio. It was during one of these
hang out sessions that Ken crossed paths with The Original Maltese
Falcon. In that summer of 1963 The Steve Allen Show was
getting a new set, and a general house cleaning. When the old
set was coming down Patterson was offered a truck load of "trash"
including a plaster casting of The Original Maltese Falcon, the very
first artifact in what was to become The Haunted Studios
The Falcon was to have been used in a comedy
sketch featuring Allen as Sam Spade, but for reasons unknown the bit
was never performed and the Falcon sat backstage at The Steve Allen
Playhouse on Vine Street in Hollywood, never returned to rental
house Century Props.
With help from Vito Ken produced the
first mold from The Falcon. Within days he had sold the first
copies through a collector's book shop just off of Hollywood Blvd.
Sensing a large, and largely untapped market in movie collectibles
Ken set about repeating his initial success by mining other
Vito and Ken spent many afternoons that
summer visiting the trash bins of Universal, Paramount, Desilu, CBS,
ABC, and other studios. This was long before the days of
locked trash bins, and long before anyone realized the collector's
value in the discarded props and life masks.
attended Vito's sculpture class where he perfected the techniques
used today for the Studio 303 castings and finishes. Below are
two pictures of Vito's studio, the first from 1966 and the second
From the 1970s
through the 1990s Ken worked in the film and television industries
as well as teaching classes in Television Production and Post
Production at Los Angeles City College and Pasadena City College.
Using connections made during this period Ken was able to add to the
collection, and when he retired from working in the industry in 1998
there were over 3,000 Life Masks and hundreds of original film props
in the Haunted Studios Collection™. Today Ken
lives in semi retirement in northern California where he is a respected
sculptor in his own right.
Ken Patterson's Haunted Studios™ are known world wide for
their collection of props and Life Masks of the greatest stars of
motion pictures and television. We started this collection in
the early 1960s, and have been adding to it ever since.
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