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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A FOXHOLE ON WHEELS

Actor Lloyd Bautista, on the left in the photo above, was one of many young actors who appeared on the Army Pictorial Center sound stage and went on to a successful career in acting.  This is one of a collection of photos from APC supplied by Ron Hutchinson.

 

 

OTHER PHOTO UNITS: 497TH SIGNAL COMPANY

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

 

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. 

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
http://www.movingimage.us/

 

 

 

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