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This piece is from the personal collection of Chip Chalmers, a television director and first asst. director known for Melrose Place, , Beverly Hills 90210, The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Miami Vice. He has had a prolific career in television since 1981. You can find more information about him on Wikipedia and IMDB A note from Mr. Chalmers: “This camera slate was given to me by the crew on day one of the shooting. Yes, it’s a dry erase board and you don’t put tape on it unless it’s a gift. But we started the episode “The Lost Madonna” with the scenes and days marked on it. If you IMDB my name, you will find I directed this show. It was interesting to me that the producers trusted me with pieces of other shows that weren’t finished and we would take a day to shoot all those scenes. I had shown an interest in seeing the before and after the scene footage so that the scene would roll smoothly into the show. At Christmas of the fifth season. DJ (Don Johnson) came up to me at lunch and said “Kid, we’re gonna get you a show to direct.” This would be my first show and the crew knew it and ordered a slate for me to remember that day. I’m not sure why the crew liked me so much, because when I started the show, no one talked to me for a month Later, I found that the reason was that Assistant Directors were leaving the show after one or two episodes because it was indeed difficult to coordinate. I made it past the month and the crew gained respect and I lasted two years. The O. Wood is Oliver Wood who was the Director of Photography who went on to do massive motion pictures and was a terrific man.” - Chip Chalmers Mr. Chalmers has authorized me to sell his collection. A Letter of Authenticity personally signed by him comes with the piece. Link: Miami Vice Camera Slate from "The Lost Madonna"