At the start of World War II, the United States Army bought Paramount's motion picture studio at 35th Avenue and 35th Street in Astoria, Long Island City, Queens, New York, taking over in February 1942.  The studio became the Signal Corps Photographic Center, later Army Pictorial Center, home to filmmakers and still photographers who covered the war and who produced countless training films.  This is the story of the people who served there.

 

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Army Pictorial Center personnel and the 69th Signal Company (Photo) shoot footage in Paris for a 1962 episode of "The Big Picture" in this photo supplied by Robert Rosenthal.
 

ANOTHER APC ALUMNUS FOUND!

Glenn A. Sears wrote, "I’m planning a trip to NYC in April and I checked to see if the Army Pictorial Center was still in Long Island City.  I was stationed at the pic center  in 1957-58.  I spent some time working on The Big Picture but most of my time was on TDY to the Los Alamos National Laboratory where I photographed the bomb tests in Eniwetok.  I was an SP4 when I arrived at the pic center and was promoted to SP5 when my part of the organization was deactivated.  When I left Eniwetok I was discharged at Fort Hamilton.

"I notice that I am not in the roster on your website although my old friend, Pete Turner, is there.  We both transferred to the pic center from Ft. Harrison, IN."

Sears has been added to the Personnel Roster.

 

Yesterday's Headlines

Headlines, stories and photos that previously appeared on this home page may have moved to Yesterday's Headlines, where you can still find helpful links.

Army demonstrated drones for reconnaisance

Assistant director

Book editor seeks rights to D’Addario photos

A daughter's memories of her dad at APC

Film industry in WWII: Producer needs film, stills

Signal Corps Mobile Television Unit

Fred Harris remembers

Television photographers and sound men sought

More about Norton S. Parker

The Big Picture Catalog

Cameraman Bernard J. Shapiro

TV host detained

Cameras for atomic tests

Commander's secretary

Sgt. Bilko

Main Stage

Television

 

 

 

 


APC / SCPC

 

Help!

Yes, we still need your help to answer the questions about SCPC/APC and films made there. 

What kind of black-and-white film would Army photographers have used during the 1950s?  Russell Hay posed that interesting technical still-photo question.

 

Did Glenn Miller bring his famous Army Air Force band to the Astoria stages?  We'd like to know!

 

Film producer Christine Fitzpatrick needs footage for Korea War Battle of Ch'ongch'on River and Battle of Chipyong-ni, and also the Vietnam War Battle of Ap Bac (1963).

 

What was that artillery film made in Ft. Hood about 1965?  James (Jim) Strizich, of the Artillery, 2nd Armor Division, appeared as a lieutenant.

Is that Truman Bradley showing us how to select and pack an animal in 1943 training films?

A WWII re-enactor seeks information about Signal Corps Field Caption Cards.

"It is quite rare and information is scarce."  Someone has acquired a WWII Oneida Photographic Lab Trailer and is seeking information, manuals, or photos.

It isn't an SCPC connection, but an Army photograph led Lisa R. Gerardi  here in her search for records made by her grandfather, PFC Bernie Rattet.

Who was Jerry, the editor on "Public Shelter Living: The Story of Shelter 104"?

Was Dorothy McManus the original Emmy, the model for television's top award?

Did anyone ever respond to the a question about the film, "Invasion of Poland," asks researcher Jeff Grehan.

See if you can answer any of the questions on the Help page.

Artifacts sought

Alumni of Signal Corps Photographic Center / Army Pictorial Center have been asked to donate artifacts to the collection at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Collection Curator Barbara Miller wrote, "We would be very interested in collecting 'artifacts' from former SCPC/APC staff. These would include cameras (not necessary that they be in working condition) and other technical equipment, photographs, scrapbooks, manuals, or any other objects used in the production or promotion of media created by the military. We have a fairly significant group of objects related to the APC in our collection, and are committed to preserving APC history through collecting and exhibiting this material. Please note we do not collect moving image media (i.e. film and video), only objects related to their production, promotion, and exhibition."

If you have artifacts you can offer to the museum, send a note to this site's Webmaster.

Visit the museum website at
http://www.movingimage.us/

 

 

 

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