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.


Help Requested

Personnel Roster




APC on the Web

After APC

Other Photo Units







Chuck Lewis supplied some notes photo duty in Europe in 1952.



When the newly-created Special Forces made a film at Army Pictorial Center, PFC Ron Rozewski was inspired to transition from an APC animator to a Special Forces demolitionist.  Click here to read more.


When General Eisenhower visited Holocaust survivors at Displaced Persons Camp Feldafing on September 17, 1945, it left a profound memory of “… the encouragement and solace they all drew from (then) General Eisenhower's visit to the camp.”

Silent footage from the visit is posted at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at  The footage, shot by motion picture cameraman Lambert of the 165th Signal Photo Company, may not be complete, although the National Archives and Records Administration has been unable to find more.

Rachel March, the daughter of two of those Holocaust survivors who were at Feldafing is looking for more footage or photos of that visit. 

“The entire Jewish community felt uplifted by that exciting visit,” she wrote. “Grand Rabbi Solomon Halberstam, who had himself lost his wife and entire family in the Nazi inferno led the congregation, (who interrupted their Yom Kippur prayers for this occasion) in welcoming this highly esteemed visitor and his entourage.

“Today, there are thousands of descendants of those who were present at that event who yearn for the opportunity to see additional footage of that visit, specifically of General Eisenhower meeting with Rabbi Halberstam and his Jewish Congregants.”

The shot list, apparently from the card file at the Army Motion Picture Depository, then co-located with Army Pictorial Center in New York, suggests the footage is complete.  Rachel March remains anxious to find out if there is more footage of the event.

If you have any information about footage or photos of the Feldafing event, please send it to and/or to the Army Pictorial Center webmaster.


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.


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









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

CW2 (Ret.) Dave Brouchoud seeks film or photos of the presentation of the All Army Flag to Ft. Monmouth in the late 1950s.

Edward K. Samson III wonders what time bed check was for enlisted personnel in France in 1962/1963.

T/SGT B. J. Reisler is the subject of a charming romantic mystery.  An Italian lady wonders about the mystery photographer who wrote words of affection to her mother in 1946.

Lost images from the ETO -- the kind saved by photographers but that didn't make it into the National Archives -- are needed for a book.


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




Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:30:52 AM

Hit Counter