APC on the Web
Other Photo Units
After APC: When the Army
Pictorial Center closed in 1970, many of its personnel and functions transferred
to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Redstone Building 4489, (above) was the laboratory and
studio building where the contractor worked in a Government Owned/Contractor
Operated arrangement. The 4489 facility
is gone now, replaced by Army Material Command headquarters.
Army demonstrated drones for reconnaisance
In the 1950s, the Army demonstrated an unmanned aircraft.
In The Big Picture Pictorial Report No. 17, visitors to Ft. Huachuca, Arizona,
saw a launch of the RC-71 Reconnaissance Drone, a 12-foot, 350-pound,
remote-controlled aircraft that carried Signal Corps film cameras to deliver
reconnaissance within an hour. See the link at
The Big Picture Catalog, or view
the video online at
Book editor seeks rights to
Questions about photographer Raymond D’Addario raise more
questions, as is often the case with this jigsaw puzzle that is the history of
Army Pictorial Center. A book editor is seeking permission to use
D'Addario's Nuremburg photos. We need your help.
While this website collects APC history, we have also accumulated
names and information about other Army photographic units. We don't have any
information about Raymond D’Addario or his work. If you can provide any
information, please contact the APC
Webmaster via e-mail.
The query we received said, "We are currently working on an
illustrated book on the history of German pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell. One
chapter of the book is dedicated to the post-WWII era in Nuremburg (the city
where Faber-Castell is based). The Army Pictorial Service photographer Raymond
D’Addario, whose iconic photographs of the Nuremburg war crime tribunals gained
fame the wolrd around, is one of the main characters in this chapters."
daughter's memories of her dad at APC.
Photos provided by Adrienne Shane Esposito include this picture of her
dad, Master Sergeant Theodore F. Shane, behind the camera at APC in the
Mobile Television Unit
In the early 1950s,
Signal Corps Pictorial Center was home to a mobile television unit evaluating
and demonstrating the potential use of this developing technology. Dick
Robinson and Edward Boykin supply details and photographs.
Film industry in WWII:
Producer needs film, stills;
Personal collections sought
French film company writes,
are currently in development of a documentary film about Hollywood Film industry
are more precisely in search of photos and film footage concerning the
involvement of Hollywood (directors, movie stars,...) in the war, directly
(being enlisted, or in charge of filming battles, or directing training films)
or undirectly (filmed during showes held for troops,...).
are very aware of Library of Congress and Nara's (National Archives and Records
Administration) collection concerning this subject, but are looking also for
more private or personal collections, which could help us find some more
unreleased or badly known material.
"More specifically, we are looking forward to locate photos and/or footage of
the following persons, during their involvement into Army Pictorial Center :
John Ford, Sterling Hayden, George Stevens, Owen Crump, William Wyler, Darryl
Zanuck, Franck Capra, Jack Warner,..."
you know of collectors who may help, please forward a link to this site to them.
If you have any materials or information -- or would like contact information
for this French film company, please write to the
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.
APC / SCPC
Yes, we still need
your help to answer the questions about SCPC/APC and films made
What kind of
black-and-white film would Army photographers have used during
the 1950s? Russell Hay posed that interesting
technical still-photo question.
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.
Truman Bradley showing us how to select and pack an animal
in 1943 training films?
re-enactor seeks information about Signal Corps Field Caption
"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
Jerry, the editor on "Public Shelter Living: The Story of
McManus the original Emmy, the model for television's top
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.
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