1953 Argus Graduates
Argus Eyes is published for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. It is
intended to be a means of friendly communication between them, and to provide a reliable source of
inf ormation concerning the company's business. Doris Walle of the Personnel Department makes sure
that news is gatheredand that picture s are obtained and arranged in readable fashion for
publication the first week of each month. Sam Schneider, Eddie Girvan and Bill Sturgis furnish
photos. Reporters for this month' s Argus Eyes we re: Jim Rohrbaugh, Tess Canja, Art Parker, Jr. ,
Jim Brinkerhoff, Beulah Newman, Babe Peter son, Eddie Girvan, Fran Watterworth, Andy Argus.
Argus friends of Anna Volz were sorry to learn of her death May 15, 1953. A long time employee,
Anna had been with the company since October of 1944. She was employed as Matron. We extend our
sincere sympathy to her daughter, Joan, at home.
The little cutie pictured above is the six-month old daughter of Helen and Bud Farrell. Theresa
MaureenTs mom and dad are both employed at Argus. Helen is in the Accounting Department, while Bud
is with the Service Department.
Reviewing Argus Progress
It was with a great deal of regret that we announced the temporary shutdown of the "75"
line, to begin the 12th of June. Some of the reasons for the shutdown are already known to you. The
most important one is the low volume of sales for this camera, although sales for our other products
are normal for the season. As a result, a substantial inventory has been built up. Normally, Argus
has never produced for inventory, but this year in an effort to stabilize employment, we laid off no
people in January, figuring to build for inventory for the spring sales. It is unfortunate that a
heavy spring sale of the "75" did not materialize. Our competitors have also experienced a
decline in the sales of their lowerpriced cameras. I believe a predominant factor has been the
unusually poor weather we have had all spring for picture taking. NEW DRUG STORE PROGRAM TO AID
SALES We are doing all we can to stimulate sales for the "75" on a long-range basis. By a
special arrangement with drug wholesalers, the "75" has been put on sale in more than
43,000 drug stores across the country. At the present time, a large percentage of our sales
promotion budget is being used directly to promote the "75" and to show our new dealers
how to sell this camera. EXCESS PROFITS TAX FACTOR IN SHUTDOWN If we could afford to carry a higher
inventory, it might not have been necessary to close the line. But, as I mentioned at our last
employees meeting, our present tax law makes that impossible. Our taxes under the Excess Profits Tax
formula, amount to 70% of our net income for the entire fiscal year. This means that over $2,000,000
must be paid to the Government within the next eight months, not including excise taxes. The
Government must be paid in cash, and not in cameras. This has left us such a small margin of working
capital that it would be unsound to invest our money in a higher inventory, even though we could
sell the stocked goods at a later date. If the Excess Profits Tax is allowed to expire June 30, we
will eventually be in a sounder position to "tide over" slack seasons by stocking higher
inventories. Joe Detweiler was in Washington this month to testify before the House Ways and Means
Committee on how the present tax law works a hardship on companies like Argus. EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIPS
SET UP We have just completed ar range ments with the University of Michigan and Michigan State
Normal College to set up four yearly scholarships for Argus employees and their children. Each
scholarship will be for $250 and can be renewed for three more years. The University's Committee on
Scholarships has agreed to make the selection f rom the applicants and every decisión will be
up to them. I am looking forward with great interest to their announcement, which will be made
around August lst. These young people will have been chosen for their qualities of leadership and
integrity and for their scholastic record. They deserve all the support we can give them. The future
of our country is in their hands.
Pvt. Edward Kline Stationed At Fort Sill
On military leave from the Machine Shop since February of 1953, Ed Kline is now stationed with
the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is receiving eight weeks of basic training to be followed by
eight weeks of specialized Field Artillery training. EdTs dad, Amos, also of the Machine Shop,
received the photo on the right in a letter from A. N. Slocum, Colonel, Artillery Commanding. Home
on furlough during May, Ed stopped in at Argus to say helio to his many friends.
Four one-year scholarships of $250, each renewable for three additional years, are available for
employees of Argus and their children. With the exception of company officers, all active Argus
employees and their sons and daughters who plan to begin college study as freshmen are
eligióle for the awards. Recipients may enter either the University of Michigan or Michigan
State Normal College for study in any field. Under terms of the plan, each recipiënt is
eligible for a maximum of $1000 over a four-year period. Mr. Lewis explained, each year up to four
new awards will be made, in addition to the rene wals. Selection for the awards will be made by the
University of Michigan Committee on University Scholarships, and will be based exclusive ly upon the
studentTs leadership qualifications, personality, integrity, and general aptitude for college work.
Scholarship winners will be announced by the Committee on or bef ore August 1. Each scholarship may
be renewed, at the discretion of the Committee, for three additional years, or until $1000 has been
granted. Application forms are available in the Personnel Department for all interested
Being a good sport in spite of his diet, Harry Clarke takes a bit of kidding from Bill Salow as
he looks over his newly acquired minature lunch box presented him from the mainte nance boys. May
20th marked the 37th wedding anniversary of the Salow's and Harry forgot his diet long enough to
join in Biirs treat of candy and cigars.
New Officers And Representatives Elected To Argus Recreation Club
At a recent plant wide election, sixteen employees were elected to offices in the Argus
Recreation Club. Any Argus employee is eligible to join the club. Membership cards may be purchased
for $2 from the representative in your department. This card will entitle you to attend all
functions sponsored by the Recreation Club such as dances, picnics, contests, and a variety of sport
activities including golf, bowling, softball and basketball leagues. Your membership card will also
admit you to the Argus Family Site at Independence Lake. The new officers and representatives,
pictured below, began their new duties May 1 and are anxious to be of service.
Spring Clean Up Held At Independence Lake
Saturday afternoon, May 23, the recreation site at Independence lake was a busy place as
employees gatheredtogetthefamily site in shape for a big year. Young and oíd alike joined in
the work and fun of the Clean-Up, Fix-Up, Paint-Up Party. Sponsored by the Argus Recreation Club,
employees and their families enjoyed beer and soft drinks as they prepared the family site for the
summer season. ANNUAL BEER PICNIC SATURDAY - JULY 11, 1953 WATCH THE BULLETIN BOARDS
You Asked Andy
The minute I got back f rom the photo convention, I found a stack of letters about a guy on
nights. Myers, Olson, and Parsons dug to the bottom of the situation for me. From what they found
out, Vá say there wouldn't have been so much complaint if you people had known at the time
that the "f loor walker" was the new supervisor being broken in. Some of the points
brought out needed a thorough investigation--so Myers, Parsons, and Andy did the checking. Every one
of the letters mentioned that the night shift was being left out of things. Here are a coup le of
answers. Recreation Club The night shift has two representatives on the Club's executive board --
one for each plant. Gene Rohde and Leo Wiederhoft are your men. Club president Art Parker, Jr.
pointed out that the night shift is considered for every club af f air. There1 s a bowling league
and a golf league for the shift. The club will sponsor anything else if enough people cali for it.
Cafe ter ia Brinkerhoff's the guy in charge of the cafeteria. Strict orders have since been given
that the quality of food on the night shift be as high as on days. As for cafeteria prices, they' re
the same for both shifts, and our prices compare favorably with other plant cafeterias in the
Night Shift News Doris Walle's tried her darnedest to get news from the night shift for the Argus
Eyes. All the news turned in that's printable is printed. What she needs are night shift reporters.
Any volunteers? See Doris 1 Vacation Bonus Two timely questions came in about vacation pay. Bill
McCrie in Tabulating had the first answer: The vacation pay for hourly-rated people is computed from
total earninSs including suggestion awards. The only pay not included in Mtotal earnings" is
overtime premium and the preceding year's vacation pay. Persons not eligible for any vacation pay
may apply for unemployment compensation during the inventory period, Mrs. Radford explained. Under
certain circumstances, a person who receives 2% vacation bonus may also apply. Extended Overtime
Since the last question mentioned overtime for exempt employees in the engineering department, I
turned it over to Dick Wilson. MNo one has taken time off that has not been approved by the
department head, " Dick said. He added that many absences are due to company business and that
one of the persons mentioned receives no overtime pay ment. That's the bottom of the pot for this
month, folks. If Tve missed any points, let me know. And keep your questions coming! The boxes have
been repainted and decked out with new signs. You canTt miss 'em! See you next month, ANDY
Stockholders And Families Enjoy Argus Open House
Thelma Mclaughlin Wins House
Argus Community Night Great Success
Mel Bahnmiller Receives $2500 Suggestion Award
A suggestion, to elimínate the inspection operations which preceded the centering of
lenses, has been evaluated and a total of $2500 has been paid to the suggestor. Mel Bahnmiller of
Department 52 (Glass Salvage) is shown in the photo to the right as he received this maximum award
payment from Art Parker, Jr. , Suggestion Committee Manager. Mei is the second Argus employee to
receive the top award in the last six months. His idea has resulted in not only a lower number of
rejects but also faster processing and less rework. The Suggestion Committee evaluates all
suggestions submitted and welcomes your ideas. Mel and Ken Geiger, our first maximum award winner,
have shown how a suggestion pays off.
Women Hold Euchre Tournament
Twelve women euchre enthusiasts, each bent on winning, entered the tournament held in the Canteen
of Plant II. The games were close and competition keen. However, at the end of play Beulah Newman
was victorious. Pictured below, back row left to right: Mary Ann Thompson, Marian Hirsch, Harriette
Clement, Beulah Newman, Catherine Deanhofer, Irene Knight. Front row, left to right: Shirley
Dersham, Pat Meddaugh, and Marie Gould.
Following their recent marriage, Cpl. and Mrs. Davis Pass left by plane for Paris, France. Mrs.
Pass is the former Katherine Lawrence, daughter of John Lawrence, Paint Shop. The young couple will
make their home in France while Cpl. Pass is stationed with the Army.
Tino "lost His Shirt"
Tino carne to work with a long, loóse sleeve shirt one morning and gambled with luck that
he wouldn't get hurt. But Tino lost as you can see.
As Fran Watterworth, First Aid, said, "Let's not gamble with moving parts but play it safe
and not loóse our shirts - or even morel" Tino agreed.
Best Wishes, Gladys
Women's Banquet Gala Affair
The annual Argus Women's Bowling Banquet, held May 8 at the Elks Temple, featured delicious ham
and chicken dinners served in the main dining room. The girls presented a ver y colorful picture
with their lovely spring corsages as they joined in singing to the music of Paul Tompkins at the
Hammond Organ. Following the dinner, a meeting was held in the ball room where plans for next year's
bowling season we re made. A social evening of dancing and visiting concluded the successful
banquet. Eddie Girvan, newly appointed mascot of the league , was again on hand with his camera to
make the evening complete.
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Moose Lodge Attracts Men's League
A very successful bowling season was brought to a conclusión at the annual banquet held
April 29. After a very delicious chicken dinner, the members of the league elected their officers
for next year f s bowling season. Bill Fike will serve as President, with Joe Jaroszyk - Vice
President, and Jess Cope as Secretary-Treasurer. This season's President, Joe Lyons, thanked the
membership for its fine cooperation, and then presented Bob Lewis, Master of Ceremonies, who
presented Captain Bill Fraser, of the Paint Shop Team with the championship trophy. Following a few
words from Jim Brinkerhoff the meeting was concluded to allow the membership the usual exchange of
the winnings for the past year.
Mixed Doubles Champs
Pictured with the trophies they ' received for their high over -all ' averages are Rosetta and
Henry ■ Smith. Champs of the Argus Mixed ' Doubles Tournament, the Smith's ' were presented the
trophies by the ' Washtenaw Lanes Bowling Alley.
Despite the f act that the weather i has been anything but inducive, the Argus Men's Golf Leagues
have pleted the fourth round, with all i matches played. The interest being i at an all time high
compelled man Bill Doyle to formthree leagues. ' Through the splendid cooperation of ' the Argus Gal
Golfers, all leagues ' are scheduled at the Hurón Municipal Cour se. Already many of the
pre-season ! Mteam to beat" combines have been subjected to some rather rough treatment from
their lightly taken opponents. With the 100% handicap in practice for the first year, it is certain
that the teams showing steady improvement throughout the schedule willbecrownedchampsofthe leagues.
"Six Shooter" Dick Foster has given the members a real target to take shots at for the
rest of the year. In his second round, Dick carne in with a net of six for the nine holes. Other low
nets have been recorded, but the averages should even themselves out making the matches c loser and
more interesting. SOFTBALL The Argus Recreation Club again this year has entered a team in the
Recreational League. "Irish" Joe O'Donnell, former Argus star of past championship Argus
teams, has been signed up as manager. The team has been faithfully preparing for the campaign, and
it appears certain that this year' s entry should give a good account of itself . A little moral
support will help immensely. SUPPORT THE TEAM! I ATTEND GAMES!!
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Girvan's Photo Corner
Clip and save in Loóse Leaf Notebook to build a Photo Manual BABY PICTURES O The same
film, camera and lights can be used to take pictures of the baby as are used for any other subject,
but the baby usually has definite ideas on the subject. The number one complaint is that he or she
won't sit still. With flash this isn't too much of a problem, particularly if you use SM bulbs which
last only 1200 of a second. Use the flash guide formula as explained in a previous article. Be sure
to use a prote c ti ve shield over the bulb. With photoflood and relatively show shutter speeds baby
has to sit still, and perhaps this holder will help. Nail a strip of 12" x 2" wood on to a
10"xl0" board and attach a belt to the strip. Place the "holder" on top of a
table and cover the board and table with a blanket. Place the baby on the board and put the belt
around his "middle." A girl!s dress will cover the strip and belt and with a boy his own
belt can be used as the strap. Another trick can be used with the baby who is too young to sit up
and you want to get something different from the usual "on the tummy" pose. Have Mummy pin
a blanket around her neck, in the same manner as the barber attaches the sheet. Drape the free end O
of the blanket on the table and place the baby on the blanket. Mummy can then hold the baby up with
her blanket covered hands and still be "out" of the picture. Results are always better if
there is only one "director." If baby has about ten people all giving him orders at the
same time, he just doesnft know what to do. Baby usually puts his finge rs up to his mouth and that
can be avoided by having him hold a small toy. If he still insists on getting his hands up to his
face then paint a small amount of rubber adhesive on one of his fingers. His attempts to peel it off
will keep his hands occupied. Get as close as possible and include in the viewfinder only what you
want in the finished picture. It is possible to take snapshots with the Model 75 but you need two #2
photofloods so close that the heat may cause discomfort. One light has to be about 3 1;2 feet and
the other about 5 feet from the subject and placed in such a way that they do not show in the
picture with the camera about 8 feet away. With a close up lens attachment, you can get the camera
about 3 feet from the subject. Moving the camera does not O affect the exposure time but moving the
lights does. All other Argus cameras permit you to have the lights farther back. A good set up is
with the lights about 6 feet away from the subject and 150 sec. at f5.6 with Super XX. As described
in the article on Photoflood Photography one light should point directly at the subject while the
other should be to the right and higher than camera Ie vel. A little patience goes a long way, so
let the baby have his own way and attract his attention by pleasant means such as making a noise or
playing "patty cake," instead of commands.