Reviewing Argus Progress
Two weeks ago we took part in the annual photographic show at Atlantic City. The show was very
successful with a lar ge number of manufacturers' and distributor sT displays and good dealer
attendance. Each year displays become more beautiful and effective- and the Argus display was no
exception. Many dealers, as well as some of our competitors, have told us we have had the
outstanding exhibit each of the past few years. We sometimes wonder how we can outdo our previous
exhibits but Jimmy Barker does an even better job each year. In the field of still photography
manufacturers introduced very few new items. We displayed our new Argus L-3 light meter for the
first time and dealer interest was gratifying. Our salesmen took a substantial number of orders for
this high quality meter, which is sold with a top-grain leather carrying case. At the retail selling
price of $16.95 it will be the best value available in the light meter market.
BUSINESS CONDITIONS March sales were slightly ahead of our sales forecast. At this time April is
running slightly behind the same level. The outlook for the remainder of the year appears favorable.
The majority of economists and businessmen throughout the country seem to be in agreement that our
economy is operating on a healthy basis. Retail trade in general seems to confirm this viewpoint.
NEW BUILDING PROGRAM Progress on the new wing of Plant I is a little ahead of schedule. The building
contractorTs workshould be completed sometime in May. As many of you may know, this addition is to
house a major part of the Paint Shop, Factory Supplies, and Quality Control offices. We plan to make
som e of these moves in early June with all moves completed by August 1. The new cafeteria will also
be completed sometime next month. We will all have som e inconvenience
during the time that the cafeteria serving Unes are rearranged and the air-conditioning equipment
is installed. I am sure the improvements planned will compénsate for this temporary
inconvenience. It will be a pleasure to have this area completed before there are many hot days.
Architectural plans for the office building (brewery) have been completed and cost estimates
obtained. As in the case of building a new home, our tastes have been more expensive than the
pocketbook warrants. Currently we are determining whether more economical remodeling is possible or
whether some alternative use may be better justified.
July 15 to August 1 are the dates of the annual summer shutdown for vacation and inventory this
year. All Argus employees take their vacations during this period unless the nature of their work
necessitates different scheduling.
Chapman, Woolson Attend Conference
Carlos Chapman, Marketing Manager, and Robert Woolson, Field Sales Manager, took part in a panel
discussion March 25 at the University of Michigan Management -Marketing Research Conference. Argus
was used as a case study in the discussion, which concerned the analysis of salesmen's time. Chapman
and Woolson stressed that this area is one in which market research and sales management can work
very profitably together. This discussion was one of several held in the Rackham Building of the
University. The Conference, which is held yearly, is attended by sales and marketing managers of
companies in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Donald R. G. Cowan, Professor of Marketing at the
University, was chairman of the discussion in which Chapman and Woolson participated as well as
General Chairman for the Conference.
About The Cover
This month's cover photo contest winner and winner of a $25 Savings Bond is Wilma Simmons, Paint
Shop. Wilma took the picture at Irish Hills in Michigan with an Argus EF.
Blood Bank Deposit Climbs To 368 Pints
March 22 and 23 saw 376 blood donors at the Ann Arbor Red Cross mobile unit. Of the 271 pints of
blood deposited, 27 were sent to the aid of the Armed Forces and 244 were credited to the blood
bank. Adding these 244 pints to our balance on deposit from the last drive, which was 124 pints, a
total of 368 pints is on deposit as of March 24. Other Ann Arbor concerns participating in this
drive were Hoover Ball and Bearing, Electric Service, Washtenaw County Road Commission, Ann Arbor
Press, Arnett's, Barnard Plating, American Broach, King-Seeley, and Buhr Machine.
Hats Off Dept.
DOLORES HELZERMAN was promoted from clerkstenographer in Pur chas - ing to Sales stenographer .
duction Engineering, has been promoted to chemist. Johnny was formerly a process control
technician. MILLIE HAYNIE was promoted from Sales stenographer to publicity writer.
Two Credit Union Officers Resign
Former Director of the Credit Union Art Parker, Jr. and Assistant Treasurer William Sieloff have
resigned f rom their positions. Paul Haines has been elected to serve the remainder of Art's term,
which expires in 1957. Hilda White, Mail Room, was appointed Assistant Treasurer.
Fifteen Receive Suggestion Awards
Reuben Ronde, Machine Shop, received a check for $57.72 this month for suggesting a method change
on the C-3 front plate. Adoption of this idea resulted in a reduction of quality requirements and
process time. A check for $23.79 went to Gertrude North, Machine Shop, for her suggestion that a
burring operation on the C-4 case be eliminated. Mary Lou Anderson, secretary to Mr. Lewis, received
$18.44 for her suggestion that the company procure air mail weight paper and envelopes for stock.
This idea resulted in a savings on postage and a savings on printing cost. Gerald Hanley, Blocking,
suggested the insertion of a larger pin in pressing tools used in making polishers. Adoption of this
suggestion resulted in a saving on both material and labor and Gerald received a check for $15.
Suggestion awards of $10 went to Wilma Simmons, Paint Shop; Russel Widmayer, Machine Shop; Elizabeth
Robinson, Cleaning and Inspection; Irene McCowan, Final Inspection; and Kenneth Hubbell, Punch
Press. Other $10 awards were received by Bessie Coon, Optical Assembly; Mary Flint, Machine Shop;
Fred Alchin, Production Planning; Rolland Ranson, Shipping; and Gladys Johnson, who worked in
Tabulating and is no longer with Argus. Orviel Harrison, Production Planning, received two awards of
Volunteers Needed For Lake Clean-up
Spring weather turns the Recreation Club's thoughts to cleaning up the Independence Lake area for
the summer season. Many, many hands are needed to make the grounds ship-shape. See your Recreation
Club representative or any of the officers concerning times when clean-up crews will be ffoine
You Asked Andy
If the amount of noise being made in the construction of the new cafeteria is any indication of
the excellence of the finished product, I'm sur e we' 11 have the finest caí eter ia in the
States! Seriously, it looks to me like the new cafetería will be wonderíul. Air
Raid Shelter In reply to the letter which asked what plans Argus is making for protection from
atomic attack, I went to Tom Spitler with this one and this is what I found out. We have written to
the Business and Defense Service Administration in Washington for information on this subject and
are waiting for a reply. We have also been in contact with the local civil defense group and will be
making plans to have them investigate our facilities at Argus and make recommendations as to what
steps employees should take in case of attack. We have not received any of this information as yet,
but will let you know when it is available. Fringe Benefits One of the letters I got concerned the
second page of our letter from Mr. Lewis of February 25, which listed fringe benefits paid to
employees in 1953 and 1954. The letter that was picked up at the Andy Argus box stated that Federal
Oíd Age Insurance, Unemployment Insurance and Workmen's Compensation Insurance, which were
included on the list, are required by law and therefore are not fringe benefits. Back I went to Tom
Spitler, who told me that, for comparison purposes, all the items were listed because they are all
extra costs of employment and are paid in addition to wages and salaries. It is because all of the
items listed are employee benefits that they were included on the list. The three items mentioned
above are, however, required by law. This letter also questioned whether production employees are
paid for rest period time. Payment for rest periods is figured in the personal fatigue delay
allowance which production employees receive. This allowance is included in your standard and allows
not only rest periods but effects of fatigue and minor delays as well. Based on the type of work you
do, your surroundings, and the concentration required, your standard contains a P.F.D. allowance for
your job of from 10% to 18%. Salary Pay Stubs "Why is it not possible for the salary pay stubs
to contain adequate information to enable employees to figure their pay accurately? If overtime is
involved, this is next to impossible." Mrs. Radford gave me the story on this one. New checks
have been designed for both factory and office personnel which will be put into use in July of this
year. The check stubs will have more detailed information which will explain the deductions and
breakdown more clearly. If you should have questions concerning the present checks between now and
July, either your supervisor or the Personnel office will be glad to help. Scholarship Students I
told you last month that we would check on the progress Argus scholarship holders are making. This
is what Mrs. Radford and I found out. The grades of students holding Argus scholarships are sent by
the University to the students and to the committee on scholarships. On the basis of these and other
qualifications, the committee decides who qualifies for the continuing scholarships. Argus is
notified as to who the scholarship recipients are but the actual grades are confidential to the
student and the scholarship committee. I'm sure, though, that we can all be proud of our scholarship
students. Factory Employee Paychecks In reply to the letter concerning the fact that factory
employee paychecks are not always held confidential, Tom Spitler told me that all supervisión
has been reminded that employee paychecks are confidential and should not be displayed for other
employees to see. Any specific complaints should be discussed with department supervisión or
the Personnel office so that the matter can be corrected immediately.
From Proff To Print -- The Argus Eyes Story
Every month Argus Eyes makes its journey f rom the reporter' s note pad into the hands of its
1,300 readers. Aside from all Argus employees, who make the news, approximately 35 people share the
responsibility for getting it into print. These are the processes through which Argus Eyes goes
before it reaches its readers.
Argus Stars At M Pdfa Convention
Argus topped its own record of last year at the Master Photo Dealers and Finishers' Association
Convention in Atlantic City a few weeks ago. With the glamour and beauty of Venice which Jimmy
Barker, Advertising, created with props and muráis as a back-drop for the Argus display, many
attending the Convention agreed that "Argus stole the show." Thousands of photo dealers
and manufacturers' r epr esentatives strolled through the replica of Garibaldi Square in Venice and
viewed the 20-foot high Pillar of St. Mark, on which Argus' rising star was perched. About 800
crimson tulips encircled the base of the pillar and lamp posts. The tulips were grown in Kalamazoo
and transported to Atlantic City where they obediently opened into f uil bloom the first day of the
Show. The entire Argus display covered about 2,000 square feet of floor space.
The Venetion theme tied in with the Argus-sponsored dealer contest, which awarded a 12-day trip
to Venice to the person who did the best job of completing the sentence "I like to sell Argus
because. . . ." The winner of the contest was Mrs. Mary Kerr of Jamestown, New York. Mrs. Kerr
will fly to Venice via TWA.
Traveling along the aisle of our exhibit, which was the Campanale (main canal in Venice) the
muráis on the walls showed such sights as the Bridge of Sighs, which leads to the dungeons of
the prison; Doges Palace; the Church of Sancta Maria Della Salute; the Piva Bridge, which connected
Italy and Croatia; and the unloading of wine ships on St. George's Island. Seeing these
muráis was almost as good and almost as authentic as seeing Venice itself. New Argus products
introduced to the industry at the Show were the 75 Portrait Kit and the Model L3 Exposure Meter. An
Argus sales meeting was held in Atlantic City prior to the Convention. About 30 Argus people,
including most of the salesmen, attended the Convention. Convention Hall in Atlantic City, which
housed over 500 exhibits for the Show, is the largest convention hall in the world .
Congratulations! On Your Argus Anniversary
Have A Cigar!
Bob Isaacson's (Methodsand Stand - ards) son Kenneth Charles was born March 22. Kenneth, who
weighed 8 lbs . , 4 oz . , has a brother Robert Dennis, age 7. Cindy Lee is the name of Barbara
Barlow's (Accounting) first child. Born March 9, Cindy Lee weighed in at 6 lbs., 12 oz. Karen Anita
was born March 18 to Harold Toutant, Plant Saiety Patrolman.
John Keeny's (Personnel) son Michael John wasborn March 25 weighing 7 lbs. Susan Marie, weighing
7 lbs., 1 oz . , was born to Joyce (Accounting) and Jim (Projector Assembly) Romine on March 10.
Gerald Bowerman, Grinding Room (nights), has a son Kenneth Michael. 6 lbs., 6 oz., born March 11.
Vicki Renee was born March 7 to Ralph Cutler, Maintenance. Vicki weighed in at 7 lbs., 7 oz. Harry
Link, Grinding, became the proud father of twins, a boy and a girl, on March 8. Harold Louis tipped
the scales at 5 lbs., 4 oz. and Helen Lois at 5 lbs., 6 oz. Sandra Kay was born to William Miller,
Polishing, on March 9'. Sandra weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz. Ted Tirb, Polishing, has a daughter Becky Lou,
born February 22. Becky, who weighed in at 6 lbs., 6 oz., has a brother Torn, age 3.
The big brown eyes above belong to Karen Lynn Scheetz (daughter of Terry, Receiving), who was
born last October . Karen was f our months old when this picture was taken.
Bonny Pair Take Dancing Honors
Janet and Jimmy McCrie (children of Bill, Tabulating) are shown above in f uil dancing dress.
They have won nine medals and trophies between them f or their Scottish and Irish dances. Redheaded
Janet, who is nine years old, wears the Red Fraser clan plaid and has won four prizes for her
dancing. Her favorite dance is the Irish Jig. Jimmy, 12, wearing the Roy al Stuart clan plaid, has
won five prizes for dancing and cos turn e and likes the Sword Dance best. This dance is perf ormed
by making an X on the floor with a sword and its sheath and dancing between the four points. Any
dancer who touches either the sword or sheath while doing the dance is automatically disqualified.
Jimmy has also been ambitious enough this year
to start taking lessons on the bagpipes. The children, who have taken dancing lessons in Detroit
for three years, have performed at many concerts and for church and other organizations .
..The Accounting Department enjoyed a dinner and dancing party February 18 at the Skeet Club near
Portage Lake. ..Genevieve Wright, Sales, reports that her husband Joe, who broke both of his arms
last August, is well on the road to recovery and has both casts off now. Joe is employed as a truck
G. J. Comes Home
Pfc. Raúl R. Uranga (above), who formerly worked in the Paint Shop nights, is scheduled to
return to the States from Korea sometime this month. He entered the service in June of 1953,
completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and has been in the Far East since December of 1953.
Raul is a member of the I Corps 51st Signal Battalion which recently was awarded the Meritorious
Unit Commendation for Service in Korea.
Dancers Celebrate St. Pat's Day
This is usually the time of year when we start planning Argus Family Night and Community Night.
This year, because of the extensive construction going on in Plant I, these events will be deferred
until early fallorsuch time as we have completed our construction work and can show our new
facilities to families and friends.
G. I. News
Gary Sherman, son of Lee, Machine Shop, left for the service Maren 7. He is stationed at Fort
Riley, Kansas with the lOth Infantry División, 85th Regiment. Cpl. Bill Underwood (son of
Bill, Accounting), who has been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, was recehtly assigned to the 537
Engineers1 Fire Fighter Detail in Miesac, Germany. Bill will remain in Germany until his enlistment
time is up, which will be in June of 1956. He worked in Production Planning before entering the
Women's Golf League Invites Employee Wives
The women's golf league this season is inviting the wives of Argus employees to join them.
Information and application blanks will be in the men's golf league boxes or may be obtained from
Mary Azary in Stationery Stock, Plant I or Ardie Allison in Engineering, Plant II. For those wives
who wish to cali Mary personally, her extensión is 348. The 1955 seasonTs schedule was set up
at a meeting April 12. There will be practice rounds May 4 and 11. The league play will be from May
18 through August 31 (excluding vacation in July) with the Field Day September 7. The women's league
plays at the Municipal course (Rock Pile) on Wednesdays. Clubs are available for rental for those
who do not have the ir own.
Strickland Team Bowls At Jackson
M. T. Strickland & Sons made a good showing in the Michigan State Women's Bowling Tournament
at Jackson the week-end of March 18 and 19. Strickland' s team consists of Gerry Space, Carolyn
Dancer, Genevieve WrightandDorothy Haarer (substituting for Pat Strickland) of Sales. The fifth
member of the team is Lucille Gala (wife of Jan, Production Planning). The girls rolled into 7th
place with a total of 2748 pins in their team event. Gerry Space is holding 5th place in All Events,
with a total of 1853.
The Argus archers won the Red Arrow league championship and followed that up with a second place
in the grand championship competition held on March 30. Congratulations to these men on another fine
season. The Lost Five won the Argus men's afternoon bowling championship. Congratulations to Torn
Loy, Hubert Allen, Curtis Lewis, Bill Baker, and Gene Ronde, Machine Shop (Nights) and Elmer
Johnson, Screw Machine (Nights). The women's bowling league has just two more weeks to go. The
standings are the same as when we last reported. The big change, however, is that the second place
Ten Pins have really closed the gap on the first place Arg-Eyes. Only 4-12 points separate the two!
By the time the next issue of the Eyes is out, the result will no longer be in doubt. In the men's
league, with four weeks remaining, the Thirsty Five are still in first place, followed not too
closely by the Machine Shop crew of George Kline, Don Crump, Bill Betke, Lewis Belleau and Sam
McGarry. Hot on the heels of the first two teams are the boys f rom Lens Tool. Although the outcome
is still in doubt, it will take some real bowling by the other teams to stop the Thirsty Five from
coming home in the munber one position.
Greater Detroit Camera Club Council Visits Argus
The Argus Camera Club played host the evening of February 21 to the Greater Detroit Camera Club
Council. Guest Council members lectured the club on club activity and council benefits. The prints
hanging on the cafeteria wall which a p p e a r in the pictures to the right we re shown by the
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor- Millie
Haynie REPORTERS: Machine Shop, DOROTHY LIXEY - Paint Shop, WILMA SIMMONS - Camera Assembly, RUTH O'
HARE - Lens Processing, BETTY SHATTUCK - Maintenance, EMIL JOHNSON - Optical Assembly, Inspection,
JEAN FITZGERALD - Engineering, JIM MELDRUM - Standards, VIRGINIA BIRNEY - Production Planning, PATT
DUCHARME - Tool Room, BILL FIKE - Shipping, HILDA WHITE - Accounting, BEULAH NEWMAN - Service, TOM
KENTES - Night Shift, GEORGE NAVARRE and LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature Writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus,
Art Parker, Jr. Photoprinting: Jan Gala
Argus "at Home" In New Warehouse
The "at home" sign is officially hung at
the new Argus warehouse at 1621 S. State Street, the confusión of moving is completely
over, and the warehouse crew- like any family that moves f rom one house to another- is breathing
sighs of relief. Packing, weighing, office and storage as well as shipping facilities are provided
in the new warehouse . Formerly storage was located at the
Benz warehouse and all other operations were handled on the second f loor of Plant I. Now the
new, spacious working quarters provide room for the entire shipping crew at one time and
elimínate the need for anyone to work nights . The new facilities have also increased the
departmentTs working efficiency and made for more pleasant working conditions for all.