Argus In Toronto
Watch For These Deductions When Figuring Income Tax
Most income tax payers will find April 15th-the new deadline for the majority of taxpayers- less
of a shock than March 15th used to be. For one thing, a rededuction of about 10% in rates took
effect in January, 1954, and has been
reflected in the amount of tax withheld from pay since then. But the difference is not just in
the rates. The new tax law- passed after the rates were reduced-inc ludes many special adjustments
aimed at helping people who particularly need relief. YouTll get some of these benefits almost
automatically as you fill in the blank. Others must be dug out of the fine print. Her e is an
explana - tion of some of the more important changes and how they will affect a typical employee.
That MBaby Sitter" Deduction Bill and Alie e And er son think they know about the deduction of
baby sitter pay- they hired a sitter when they went to the movies- and are in for a shock. The
deduction is permitted only for actual expenses up to $600 for the care of dependents whilea mother,
widower, divorced or legally separated person is gainfully employed. But the broad meaning of that
word Mdependentft will help many. Expenses for care of a child under 12 years who is the taxpayer's
son, daughter, stepson or stepdaughter, or other dependent mentally or physically incapable of
caring for himself, are deductible. There are no restrictions as to age or relationship in the
latter case. Thus Betty Baker can deduct what she paid the woman who sat with her bedridden
dependent aunt, while Betty worked afternoons at the library. She is filing a joint return with her
husband, which is necessary procedure for wives asking the "baby sitter" deduction. If the
couple's adjusted gross income were more than $4,500, they would have to reduce the $600 limit on
the deduction by the amount their income exceeded $4,500. This limitation and the requirement of a
joint return do not apply if the husband was disabled. You Can Claim More Dependents Earl Cassidy
will benefit two ways from the more liberal rules about dependents. Until now, because the
relationship was too distant, he could not claim as a dependent (good for a $600 exemption) his
Cousin Jake who carne for a visit and stayed. Jake will be listed this year because close
relationship is no longer necessary to qualify a dependent who lived in the taxpayer's home and
received over half of his support from him. Young Earl's earnings of over $600 a year would have
kept him off his father' s list of exemptions under the old law. Not wanting to penalize parents for
their childrenTs industry, Uncle Sam now sets no top limit for a sonTs or daughter's earnings. A
taxpayer can claim an exemption if he provides over half the support of a dependent who is either
under 19 or a student, regardless of the child' s income. The 1954 Code offers relief, also, to
children who are supporting parents. For example, Fred Parsons and his two sisters share in helping
their mother, who lives in her own home. Among them they have provided more than half of her support
for several years and each has furnished more than 10% of such support. However, as
no one of them provided more than half, none was able previously to list her as dependent. Now
they can take turns in claiming the exemption. Fred can take the exemption for 1954 because his
sisters have agreed to sign a statement that they will not claim the exemption for that year . You
Can Deduct More for Medical Bills This year you can deduct medical expenses in excess of 3 per cent
of your adjusted gross income, as compared with 5 per cent in the past, but in listing your medical
expenses you can only include medicines and drugs beyond 1 per cent of your income. Take George
Harrison's figures. His adjusted gross income comes to $5,000, and during 1954 he spent $400 on
doctors' and dentists' bilis for the family, $200 on hospital expenses, $125 for drugs and
medicines. He may count only $75 of the last item (having subtracted $50, 1% of his gross income),
which makes his total medical expenses $675. He subtracts $150 (3 per cent of income) leaving a
deduction of $525.
Maximum medical deductions have been doubled and can now go as high as $5,000 for a single person
or married person filing separately; up to $10,000 for married persons filing jointly, or for the
head of a household. Look out for this change if the doctor ordered a trip for your health: you can
deduct cost of transportation, but not living expenses while you were away. If You Received Dividend
s Sld Horton, who has
bought stocks with some of his earnings, will find a small bonanza in the new tax law when he
works out his return . His stocks paid him $50 in dividends during 1954. On his tax form in other
years he added his dividends to his $6,000 salary. The new law, however, gives him the first $50 of
dividends tax f ree. This $50 dividend exclusión can be doubled for a married couple, if both
have dividends of $50. This tax reduction is to offset in part the effect of "doublé
taxation"- which occurs because a corporation pays taxes on profits and then, when the
shareholder receives those profits in the form of dividends, they are taxed again. As another means
of reducing ndouble taxation" 4% of the dividends after the first $50 may now be deducted f rom
the total tax bill, within certain limits.
SHHHH! Family nervous? Can't relax? Pop's a-figurin' Income taxi
Need Special Help On Tax Figuring?
Arrangements are now being made to have an agent from the Internal Revenue Office at Argus to
answer questions employees may have about income taxes. Watch the bulletin boards for announcement
of the dates when the agent will be at the plant.
Argus In Toronto
Like any proud par ent, Argus boasts about its off spring. But when a tyke of a company stands on
its own f eet and begins tomake the older, more experienced firms sit up and take notice, there's
real reason to boast. And that's just what our new Canadian sales subsidiary is doing . SALESWISE,
CANADA IS DOING FINE Before Argus Cameras of Canada, Ltd. was born, a distributor handled the sales
of Argus cameras and projectors for us in Canada. Now, at the tender age of five months, the little
subsidiary has already handled more than three times the sales considered normal for the distributor
in a similar period of time.
Argus Cameras of Canada, Ltd . , One Scott Street, Toronto, Ontario, is located in the Howell
Warehouse Building, convenient to the downtown business section of Toronto. Shippiiig and storing
for Argus are handled by the Howell warehouse staff . SMALL CANADIAN PLANT DIFFERS FROM LARGE ANN
ARBOR PLANT Unlike the Ann Arbor plant, the Canadian office has no mailing department, no separate
maintenance staff, no stationary stock, none of the individual departments so necessary for normal
business in Ann Arbor. The four people who compose the office staff takeontheduties of these
departments as part of their regular jobs. When office supplies are needed, for instance, one of the
office staff goes downtown to purchase them at the store. The s weeping and vacuuming that everyone
but the maintenance department takes for granted as done in Ann Arbor are part of the office staff'
s duties in Canada. CANADIAN OFFICE IS BUSY PLACE Helping customers, dealers, expressmen and postmen
who keep the office doors swinging is the primary duty of the Canadian office staff. The postman
"always rings thrice," our Canadian coworkers say. The expressmen appear as often as six
times a day; dealers buy merchandise at the office and Argus Camera owners bring in their cameras
for advice or servicing. Argus Cameras of Canada israpidly becoming a popular destination in
Toronto. The little subsidiary is on its way to proving our theory that there is a real sales market
in Canada, one that can add substantially to our business.
Meet Our Canadian Co-workers on page 4
Why Toronto, Canada ? For two years, Argus studied the Canadian market, then came up with these
facts: There is a potentially large market for cameras in Canada, a country which is booming both in
population and industry growth. This market is now being handled by only a few camera manuf acturers
. Argus' own coverage of the Canadian sales market, through a distributor, has been inadequate. And
before our sales office was opened, servicing cameras purchased in Canada was a problem. Af ter
considering s ever al cities as possible locations for an Argus office, it was decided that Toronto,
a thriving city of about 1 million people and the center of the largest marketing area in Canada,
was the natural location for a new operation .
You Asked Andy
M,eet Our C anadian Co-workerA
This friendly group invites Argusites at Ann Arbor to "come visit us when you can. The
vacation period next year will be a wonderful time to come," they add.
BILL FRANKLIN, Sales Manager, heads the busy Toronto office. Bill, who does almost all of the
Argus selling to camera dealers in Canada, lives in Whitby, a suburb of Toronto, with his wife,
Mary, and a brand new daughter, Holly Celeste. He travels extensively, and a current topic of
conversation at the Toronto office is whether or not Bill will have to get a team of huskies should
he visit a new dealer- located in Whitehorse, Yukon territory!
ALAN STUART, the Toronto Office Manager, hails originally f rom England. He migrated to Canada
six years ago with his bride, Barbara. Training with the Royal Air Force in the Transvaal, South
África, gives him a well-traveled background. Alan is the proud father of June and Pamela-
twin girls who are responsible for his becoming an ardent photo fan. Deborah, a sister for the
twins, was born November 16, 1954, and the occasion was gaily celebrated by all at the office.
MARGARET PATERSON, the ashblonde, Cashier-Secretary, was born in Montreal, but has lived in
Toronto most of her life. Margaret has had varied experience as a steno-secretaryand as industrial
editor for ConsumersT Gas Company. She enjoys badminton, golf and music. Currently, Spanish lessons
are taking up her leisure time.
JOHN STRAUCH, the Argus Canadian Service "Department, " comes from Hungary where he
received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Af ter the war, John spent six years in England where
he built and designed aerial cameras for the British Air Ministry. Af ter arriving in Canada, John
became Service Manager with Mondo Photo, Ltd., a local photo distributor. He and his wife, Giselle,
live in East Toronto.
Profit Sharing Plan Rules Are Reviewed
At a recent meeting of the Managing Committee of the Profit-Sharing Retirement Fund two questions
were raised which concern members of the Fund. CONTRIBUTIONS TO VETS CHECKED The first question
concerns a report that the Company contributed to the Fund for some World War II veterans to make up
for their loss of contributions while they were in service. A check of records and persons gives no
support to this report. In discussing this subject, the Managing Committee reports that some people
may have received this mistaken idea because some ProfitSharing members were allowed to withdraw
from the Fund at the time they went into the service. However, af ter returning to work at Argus,
these members again had to serve a three -fiscal -y ear period before becoming active members of the
Profit-Sharing Retirement Fund. LARGER EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION DISCUSSED, VETOED The second question
concerns employees' contributions. Some employees are interested in being permitted to make payments
to the Fund at greater than the maximum 5 per cent rate because injury or illness has necessitated
long absences during a given year. The Managing Committee reports that the basic philosophy of the
Fund is established on earned income. Each participating member develops his equity in the Fund on
an equal percentage basis with other members, depending upon his income. The only exception to this
philosophy is the provisión made in 1952 for servicemen which permits a Company contribution
during an employeeTs absence in the service. This exception was recognized by the mem - bers as
proper since it was feit that these members were in reality serving the entire group while in
service. The Managing Committee agrees that any other exceptions to the basic philosophy would
viólate the intent of the plan.
Podewils Is Cover Model
Cover model for the November issue of "Photo Developments" Magazine was Neil Podewils,
Engineering Electronics Laboratory. Neil was photographed as he measured shutter speeds to the
ll,OOOth of a second using the Argus shutter checker . The magazine is published by the Master Photo
Dealers and Finishers' Association .
You Asked Andy
Guess that easy-going holiday spirit is still in the air. Just two questions in the pot made it
an easy month for me. Suppose I might as well get some rest while I can...next month might be a
tough one! Argus Advertising and TV "I have been watching TV programs for some time and have
never seen anything like an Argus advertisement or even a plug. I have seen several makes of cameras
like Ansco or Poloroid given away for prizes on Art Linkletter s "People Are Funny"
program. I believe it would be a good advertising stunt for Argus to get some sort of TV
program...or have we a program and have I missed it? If not, may I suggest that we have one."
That question took me to see Joel Rowley in Advertising. It seems that Argus does not advertise on
TV now, but we are looking into it. We are running a series of spot or station break announcements
on Argus products on a TV station in Minneapolis right now as a test. The results of this test will
determine whether or not we will continue with this type of advertising. However, if we do continue,
it will probably be with spot announcements rather than with a regular TV program. By this time, you
have probably seen the new TV program sponsored by Eastman Kodak, "Norby." You might be
interested to know that this program, a 12 hour show on some 60 TV stations, will cost Eastman about
3 million dollars a year. That, of course, would be a lot of money for a smaller company like Argus
to absorb in its advertising budget. The high cost of a regular TV program is the principal reason
we are not considering a similar program at this time. Argus products, however, have been given away
on some 12 to 15 TV give-away programs. "Beat the Clock, M "Welcome Travelers," and
Bob Crosby's show are some of the better-known TV shows that have advertised Argus in this manner.
The Advertising Department also distributes spot TV announcements on Argus products to any of our
dealers who want them. Many dealers have requested them and have purchased time on local TV stations
for their use. Phones at Plant I Door tTWhy don't they do something about the phones at Plant I
gate? When you do get a rest time, you canTt get to the phone." I asked one of the girls in
Personnel to post notices above these phones requesting that telephone conversations be limited to 3
minutes . A little cooperation f rom everyone who uses these phones should help relieve any
congestión that might occur. That's the end of the pile for this month. Hate to see those
boxes so empty...you fill 'em and ril round
up the answers.
Credit Union Members Buy Near $20,000 In Shares
Members deposited an additional $5,417.18 in the Argus Credit Union during the month of December,
officers announced recently. This deposit pushed the total shares purchased by members up to
$19,831.69 on December 31. On that date, loans were out in the amount of $18,068.63. Cash on hand in
the Ann Arbor Bank .was $2,990.25 and number of members had climbed to 369.
Romine Wins $242 Award
A new year's bonus in the form of $242.28 suggestion award went to James Romine, Projector
Assembly, last month for suggesting the elimination of the Underwriter Laboratory seal from the
300-watt projector by including it on the caution plate. Supplier of the caution plate, Metalics,
Inc., of Onalaska, Wisconsin, agreed to stamp the seal on the plate at no additional cost. Adoption
of the idea resulted in a six-month gross saving for Argus of $484.55. Romine was given his award on
the basis of one-half of the expected savings for the 6-months period. Lewis Belleau, Machine Shop,
is $83.70 the richer this month as the result of his suggestion-to drill the C3 jack and case rivet
holes in one operation rather than drilling the jack first in the Machine Shop, transferring them to
4th floor for assembly, and then redrilling holes in the jack along with the case. Harold
"Babe" Peterson received a $30.76 award and $10 each went to Max Robinson, Arnie Justice,
Lynn Bell, E. D. Blythe and John Burkhart. Navarre-Simmons Have Best Slides A group scène
from Korea by Neil Navarre and a sailboat scène by Wilma Simmons took top honors in the
Recreation Club's colored slide contest last month. Neil, who won the lst prize animate award, and
Wilma, who won the lst prize inanimate award, each received an 8 x 10 colored enlargement of the
winning photo. Second prize award of a 5x7 colored print of their photo went to Bill Northrup and Ed
Nimke. Torn Heermans and Bill Rippel each received third prize awards of 3 x 4-inch enlargements of
their photos. Honorable mention prizes, wallet-size prints of their slides, went to Max Putman,
Harold Hale, Leona Smith, Helen Fidler, Cecille FitzGerald and Harold Pickering. Contest judges
Eddie Girvan, Ginny Lau and Les Schwanbeck reported that over 100 slides were entered in the
contest. C 3's Take Winning Contest Photos More Argus C3's were used by winning contestants in the
recent Saturday Review Magazine world photography contest than any other make. John H. Husselman, an
Mernal Revenue Agent in Ann Arbor, won the 3rd prize award, $200, with a photo of Sutro Park, San
Francisco, taken with a C3. C3fs were also used for 13 other winning photos which took smaller
Christmas Party Delights 800 Argus Children
The largest group ever- some 800 children, accompanied by members of their family-filed into the
Michigan Theatre on December 18 for the annual Argus Children' s Christmas Party . TRAINED BIRDS
FEATURED An act in which trained birds rode anelectric train, talked, wentthrough a hoop of fire,
walked a tight rope and performed other acts of birddaring first entertained the group.
MR. AND MRS. SANTA CLAUS STAR Then, after the jingle of sleigh bells announced the ar rival of
his sleigh, Santa appeared on the stage. This year, for the first time, Mrs. Santa Claus accompanied
him. After a trek through the auditorium aisle, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were enthroned just
outsidethe doors to greet the children. Dolls, games, music boxes, small stuff ed animáis,
craft kits were among the toys distributed according to the children' s age groups. Each child also
received a stocking filled with candy.
THANKS EXTENDED FOR HELP Mrs. Grace Radford, who was in charge of the program, would like to
thank these Argus people for their help and cooperation: Bill Thompson, who was master of
ceremonies; Les Schwanbeck and his group from Production Planning, who distributed candy and
transfer red gift boxes; Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus; all the volunteer wrappers, who packaged the
gifts as well as the volunteer ushers. Her thanks are also extended to Gerald Hoag, manager of the
Michigan Theatre; Mona Kaye, organist; and Grinnell Brothers, who loaned Argus the organ for the
DOUBT, WIDE-EYED WONDER, CURIOSITY
Santa's Busy Helpers Met In The Cafeteria
Sales - Advertising Hold Party Gifts, containing an appropriate poem about the recipiënt,
were exchanged at the Sales and Advertising Department Christmas Party on December 23. Santa Claus
(Jim Steel), who distributed the gifts was assisted by Donna Gilbert, Sales. Every office girl
received a box of chocolates packaged ïn wooden chests f rom men in the two departments.
Climaxing the festivity was a lunch of barbecued hamburgers, Christmas cookies and coffee.
Bob McMillin, Sales, is the proud father of a baby girl, Susan Jane, bom December 8, weighing 8
lbs., 10 oz. This is the McMillin's first child. Bill Franklin, Sales Manager of Argus Cameras of
Canada, Ltd. , became the father of a baby girl, Holly Celeste, born December 16, weighing 8 lbs.,
15 oz. Holly is the first child for the Franklins. Michael Alexander is the name of the 8 lb., 6-12
oz. baby boy born to the Ed Makielski's on November 30. Harry Piper, Invento ry Control, is mighty
proud of his first child Mark Timothy, born December 20, weighing 6 lbs., 13-12 oz. Bill Besenick,
Engineering, has a brand new 6 lb., 5 oz. daughter, Wendy Ann, born on December 27. This is the 4th
child for the Besenicks. Wendy has an 11-year-old sister, Susan, a 5-year-old sister, Patty, and an
8-year-old brother, Tommy . It's another girl for the Larry DietleTs Engineering. Carole Grace was
born December 29, weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz. At home, Carole has a 4-year-old sister, Joan, and a
7year-old brother, David.
Argus Babies Photo Corner
Clara Cutler, Plant II Canteen, wishes to thank everyone who participated in the shower there
recently for the gifts.
Wedding Bells Ring For Holidays
Evelyn Loy, Switchboard Supervisor, was mar ried to William Weindorf, son of Mr. and Mrs. August
Weindorf of Ann Arbor on December 11. The 4 p . m . wedding took place in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Margaret Hardy (Purchasing) sang, and Rudy Janci (Lens Centering) was one of the ushers. A reception
in the church par lor followed the ceremony. The couple took their wedding trip to Chicago and
Northern Illinois during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Mr. and Mrs. Weindorf are now at home
at 417 S. Ashley Street.
Potter-moore Marriage Announced
Marvin Potter, Production Planning, married Audrey MooreatGrace Bible Churchin Ann Arbor on
November 12. Alfred Sannes, Machine Shop, was one of the ushers. A reception in the church
fellowship hall followed the ceremony. Af ter a weekTs wedding trip to Niagra Falls, Mr. and Mrs.
Potter are at home at 2310 Dexter Avenue.
Mildred Williams, Lens Polishing, became the bride of Zoltan Paul Azary on December 16 in Angola,
Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are now at home at 1030 Martin Place, Ann Arbor .
Carol Kay Hutehison became the bride of Robert Barsantee, Jr., Tool Room, in a candlelight
service, December 17, in Zion Lutheran Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr . and Mrs . Ira
Hutehison, Ann Arbor . A reception was held in the church parlor and later at the Hutehison home.
After a brief wedding trip, the newly weds are living at 1002 W. Liberty Street.
Dolores Helzerman Is Engaged
It was a sparkling Christmas for Dolores Helzerman, Purchasing, who received an engagement ring f
rom Garrett Bakker on that holiday. No wedding date has been set as y et.
Club Sponsors Needy Family
Christmas was a little happier for a Brighton, Michigan, family this year, and the Argus
Recreation Club helped make it that way . As part of the club's activities, the group sponsored a
family of 11, a widowand 10 children left destitute by the death of their husband and father in a
recent automobile accid e n t . Contributions f rom club memoers supplied the family with food and
toys for the children who range in ages f rom 13 years down to five months.
No Cover Prize Given
Because the judges feit that none of the photos entered in the MArgus Eyes" Cover Contest
merited the $25 bond prizefor January, the cover photo this month is one taken from the Company's
Pick Up Those Bonds!
Purchasers of U.S. Savings Bonds are reminded to check the bulletin boards every Thursday to see
when bonds are ready. Bonds should be picked up in Personnel as soon as the buyer's name has been
in this issue oí the paper we ïntended to spotlight some of the winter sports
activities in which Argus employees particípate- sports like skiing, skating and ice fishing
to name a few. Much to our dismay, the weatherman has done little to make such a story possible.
Maybe next month . . . MEN'S BOWLING The Tool Room boys are present - ly in charge of first place on
the men's league followed closely by their neighbors in Lens Tool. These Tool Room gentlemen- by
name , Fraser, Henry, Gansley, Trumbull and Jardno have picked themselves up by the boot straps and
have come a long way to first place since last October when they were 15th in line. There are only
16 teams in the league, and they were even behind New Products! WOMENTS BOWLING In the women's
league standings the "Arg-Eyes" are still on top. Actually we find the standing just the
same as last month except for 5th and 6th position where "Service" has crept past the
combine of Joanne Gross, Dorothy Lixey, Mild red Balt e - zor, Ruth Crandell and Wilma Simmons who
are the "Argus-Etts." LEAGUE STANDING AS OF JAN. 7 Men's Women's 1 Tool Room Arg-Eyes 2
Lens Tool Ten Pins 3 Thirsty Five JivTn Five 4 Planning Lucky Strikes 5 Tabulators Service 6 Atomic
Reminder To Aliens
Every alien in the United States on January 1 must report his residence address to the
Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization during the month of January, 1955. Reports for aliens
under fourteen years of age must be made by parents or legal guardians. Address forms are available
in the Personnel Office for all employees who want them.
New member of the Tabulating Department is JOHN BURKHART who was promoted from a Stock Handler in
Production Planning to a Junior Tabulating Machine Operator. JOHN KOKINAKES, formerly a Snipper
-Packer in the Shipping Department is now an Oilerinthe Maintenance Department.
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor -Dor othy
Burge REPORTERS: Machine Shop, DOROTHY LIXEY - Paint Shop, WILMA SIMMONS - Camera Assem - bly, RUTH
O'HARE - Lens Processing, BETTY SHATTUCK - Maintenance, EMIL JOHNSON - Optical Assembly, Inspection,
JEAN FITZGERALD - Engineering, JIM MELDRUM - Standards, SUE WILSON - Production Planning, P ATT
DUCHARME - Tool Room, BILL FIKE - Shipping, HILDA WHITE - Accounting, BEULAH NEWMAN - Purchasing,
DOLORES HELZERMAN - Service, TOM KENTES - Night Shift, GEORGE NAVARRE and LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature
Writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Art Parker, Jr. Photoprinting: Jan Gala
Servicemen Get Home For Holidays, Send News From Abroad
AMONG THOSE home for Christmas and back at Argus visiting friends at the plant were these
servicemen. ARTHUR PRESTON, Camera Assembly, spent an 8-day furlough at home during the holidays.
Art is currently stationed at Fort Knox Army Base, Kentucky. CLARENCE CARRINGTON, was home on a
6-day leave from Great Lakes Naval Hospital where he will gradúate from the Operating Room
Technician's School on March 27. Clarence works in Camera Assembly.
FROM RONALD ARNST (Government Optical Assembly) in Germany came this news about Argus PX sales
overseas. "The Argus c3 and the new projector sure have become a popular choice over here in
the past few months. I believe it was September when the C3 came over here with a fair size display,
and ever since they've sure been selling. My buddy, who bought one, remarks about the excellent
pictures he gets. Tve taken some 20 rolls of color over here in Germany with the C3 which included 5
rolls taken on a 15-day leave through Italy and Paris with my wife.M
Waxman And Sherrod Meet In Korea
IT WAS half way around the world and entirely by chance that two Argus men met recently. Ron
Sherrod, Production Planning, was on his way back to Korea from relief and rest in Japan when he met
a coworker- Ted Waxman, Government Optical Assembly. The two men took time out to pose for the photo
below. At the left is Pvt. Waxman; at the right, Cpl. Sherrod.