Reviewing Argus Progress
It has been decided definitely that the brewery will not be used as an office building. Although
present office space is crowded, the high cost of reconstructing these facilities could not be
economically justified. It is now planned to use the second floor of the building, including the
paneled office space, for the Service Department. While uses of the first floor of the building are
still undecided, in-process storage and other possible operations are being considered. To relieve
some of the office congestión, the Advertising Department will soon occupy the house at the
east end of the visitors' parking lot. This will provide more room for the Sales Office in Plant I.
NEW CAFETERÍA The new cafetería is approaching completion and certainly furnishes
pleasant surroundings for rest periods and lunches-a considerable change from the days of the
wooden benches . The air conditioning unit will be in operation after the arrival and installation
of additional equipment which has been ordered. At the same time, we are going ahead with plans to
air condition the Plant II canteen, so thatthe refreshment area in both plants will be comfortable.
BUSINESS CONDITIONS Economists continue to refer to 1955 as a boom year. Argus' business is not boom
ing but is running according to forecast, both in sales and in inventory. In fact, the C4 production
is being increased June 1, which is earlier than had been anticipated. The production schedules for
most of our other products also will probably be increased during the f all months in preparation
for the seasonal increase in business.
WORK MEASUREMENT PROGRAM The controller1 s office, as explained on page 4, is now working with
the Stand ards Department on a program of work measurement and simplification in office areas. The
controllers office group has done a fine job with systems and procedures in the past. The Methods
and Standards personnel are specialists on work layouts and methods. The combination of these two
groups will permit a complete review of the departments in line with our efforts to be constantly
improving both factory and office operations . The plants will close for the Memorial Day holiday at
the close of the night shift Friday, May 27 and reopen at the beginning of the day shift Tuesday,
May 31. In order to be eligible for holiday pay the scheduled hours on the Friday before and the
Tuesday following Memorial Day must be worked.
Argus Product Becomes T V Star
The following is quoted from the May, 1955 issue of "Selling Argus." "Over 28
million TV viewers from coast to coast are familiar with the Saturday night CBS program, "Beat
the Clock" where husband and wife teams compete against timefor merchandise prizes. One of the
high spots of the show usually occurs when the husbaiKTs face is cover ed with whipped cream . Th
en, out comes Roxanne, the beautiful Sylvania hostess to snap a flash picture of the woe begone
contestant. The camera she uses is then presented to the couple as an extra prize- and that's where
Argus comes in. Beginning May 7th, and for six consecutive weeks, the Argus Super 75 will be
flashing those shots from
coast to coast. The lucky contestants will be receiving the complete Super 75 camera kit, while
Bud Colyer, master of ceremonies, tells them (and the 28 million viewers) how easy it is to get good
pictures with a Super 75 and Sylvania bulbs. For each of the next six Saturdays, TV viewers will be
seeing a Super 75 presentation scène very much like the one pictured here. That means extra
interest in the Super 75, and a recognition value which all Argus salespeople can use to advantage
in presenting this camera value to prospects."
State Observes Michigan Week
'Tm glad I live in Michigan" is the slogan for the second annual Michigan Week, May 15-21.
It is the hope of the executive board who planned Michigan Week that during this week those who live
in Michigan will examine thoughtfully the things that make it a good place in which to live and
work. These are the seven special days which have been approved for Michigan Week: Sunday: Michigan
Spiritual Foundadations Day. Monday: Exchange of Mayor s Day. Tuesday: Michigan Hospitality Day.
Wednesday: Education Day. Thursday: Our Livelihood Day. Friday: Our Heritage Day. Saturday: New
About The Cover
The photos on this monthTs cover show Jan Gala's (Production Planning) son Tommy having his first
haircut. Tommy's younger brother Richie had his first haircut the same day and the boys are shown
together in the bottom right picture . Jan took the pictures with an Argus E camera. He used Tri-X
film with settings at f:5.6 and 150 second.
Recreation Club Officers, Reps Take Reins
The newly elected Argus Recreation Club officers took over their duties April 25 at a meeting of
last year's and this year's officers and representatives. The new people dug right in to their
year's work with plans for the Independence Lake area, which opened May 1. Congratulations to the
new officers and representatives!
Jim Meidrum, Joe Wright, Genevieve Wright and Pat Strickland would like to thank all the Argus
employees who supported the Lyra Chorus Concert this year . The proceeds from the concert will
enable two local high school students to enjoy training at Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan this
The height of impossibility-measuring the density of heavy water with a Light Meter. Alan Stuart
- Canada Office
Clerical Work Measurement Program Begins
A program of work measurement and simplification for clerical áreas has been launched at
Argus as a part of our continuing effort to improve administrative and clerical procedures. In past
years Supervisors and representatives of our Systems and Procedures group have worked together to
define and clarify the f low of clerical work through each department so that we now have uniform
written procedures on almost every phase of our administrative effort. We have enjoyed the benefits
that resulted from the study of procedures on a plant-wide basis. Duplication of effort by various
departments has been tracked down and eliminated wherever possible, and the simplification of our
paperwork procedures has resulted in substantial savings to the company. Under the direction of
David Merriman, Controller, a program is being developed with each Supervisor which, over a period
of time, will enable us to survey the clerical procedures of each department. Definite techniques
are recognized and employed in the analysis and simplification of clerical operations generally
known as MWork Measurement" and "Work Simplification. M With the cooperation and
assistance of our clerical employees, we hope to make their work easier, more pleasant, and more
Parachute Jumpers-it Can Happen To You!
Argus employees might find it wise to think twice before they make any more parachute jumps. A
contract was noticed recently in the files of the Argus Treasurer's Office which corroborates this f
act. The document was drawn in 1937 when Argus was the International Radio Corporation. The contract
states that any parachute jumps that Benjamin VanZant (once an employee) may make from this date
(September 16, 1937) shall in no way be considered as any part of the services of the International
Radio Corporation. In addition, Mr. VanZant had to be careful of the clothes he wore. The document
go es on to say that the Corporation will not be responsible for any injury or damage which may
occur in making parachute jumps or in the use of an airplane when Mr. VanZant is wearing a shirt or
sweater bearing the name "Kadette." (The AC-DC radio which the Corporation introduced was
called the Kadette.) To our knowledge, Mr. VanZant has not broken his contract.
Patterson Wins Suggestion Award
Jerry Patterson, Production Planning (pictured above) received a suggestion award of $103.50 for
suggesting the elimination of the Roto Finish operation on the projector magazine shoe. Elimination
of this operation resulted in a labor saving of $.0023 per unit. Bruce Junod, Paint Shop, won $32.38
for suggesting the use of rubber-tipped tweezers to remove the C-4 rewind knob and wind knob f rom
the spindle of the automatic lacquer machine. This idea eliminated scratching the parts with the
tweezers. Robert Murray's (Projector Assembly) suggestion that the inspection gage used in checking
the projector nood to barrel opening be revised resulted in labor savings and netted Bob $32.23. Jim
Romine, Projector Assem - bly, received $17.21 for suggesting using a roller -type conveyor to
transport the lower half of the projector carrying cases during projector assembly. William Dixon,
Service, suggested a method which was used as a stopgap remedy on the Super 75 Shutter Latch and
received $25. Jan Gala, Production Planning, received $25 for his suggestion that department heads
make a thorough check to see that no parts remain in supposedly empty tote pans. Joyce Nichol,
Cleaning, received $18 for suggesting placing a piece of rubber or sponge in the bottom of the jar
that is used in the Coating Room to hold crucibles. Glen Alt, Jr., Production Planning, received
$16.48 for his suggestion concerning a method change on the C-4 shutter ring and pin assembly .
Awards of $10 went to Orrin Decker, Blocking; Marvin Geiger, Polishing; Daniel Smith, Machine
Shop; and Albert Husted, Screw Machine. Richard Bradmon, Grinding, received an award of $5. The
above awards totaled $314.80.
You Asked Andy
This kind of warm weather just isn!t a good atmosphere for working. I keep wishing I were on the
first tee at the golf course. I think the weather must be affecting you questioners, too. Only three
questions this month. You!re making my job easy! Chest X-rays "Can we have the X-ray mobile
unit come to Argus so that all employees can have chest X-rays ?" I guess somebody was way
anead of you. Torn Spitier told me that we have already contacted the Department of Health and have
invited the X-ray unit to come to Argus in October. Schedules for employees will be set by the unit
before they arrive. Job Retiming "How can a job be retimed and have the pieces per hour raised,
when the method hasnft been changed any?" I talked with Jim Thompson of the Standards
Department about this one. The answer is simple- there has to be a change in the Standard method of
doing the job in order for the pieces per hour to be increased. These changes should be explained to
each operator when a rate is affected. If this has not been done, it should be immediately called to
the attention of your supervisor. Methods change over a period of time. Technically, the change is a
change f rom the method employed at the time of setting the standard. In other words, after a
standards change has been made, it may not be very different f rom the way the job was done the day
before, but is different f rom the way it was done at the time the standard was set. Ordnance
Personnel In reply to the letter concerning hours worked by ordnance personnel, Torn Spitier helped
me with this one. The hours and work schedules of ordnance personnel are not dictated by Argus
company policy. Ordnance personnel work for the United States Government and under the
supervisión of the Chief Inspector, Al Simpson. They use our facilities f rom a convenience
standpoint since they are concerned with the inspection of our government work.
Slide Magazine Carriers
Among the Argus products recentlyintroduced to the market is the expandable slide magazine
carrying case. The case as pictured on the right hólds 30 magazines. E ach additional center
section which is purchased adds space for 15 more magazines.
Magazine carrying cases are now available to employees in the Personnel Office.
Argus Names In The News
Several Argusites had a hand in the 12th annualJ.C.C. Merchants', Builders' and Automotive Show,
May 11-15. Argusites who were chairman this year are Jack Grimston (Quality Control), Concessions;
George Haas (Accounting), Booth Sales; Don Köch (Timekeeping), Clean-up Committee; and Art
Parker, Jr. (Suggestion Office), Automotive section. Irv Halman, Internal Auditing, was treasurer of
the Show. Bill Frakes, Production Planning, was in charge of the Argus booth at the show, which was
held at the New Veteran Memorial Park (old Fair Grounds) . Harold Thompson, Purchasing; Jack
Grimston; George Haas; Bill Frakes; and Irv Halman are currently running for various JCC offices for
the coming year.
Twenty-five Employees Celebrate Argus Anniversaries This Month
Facts About New Products
A new faster color film called Ektachrome has been introduced for use with the Argus 35 mm.
cameras. It is like Kodachrome in that, when processed, it is returned to you mounted in slides
ready for projection. Color prints can be made f rom the slides. Ektachrome differs from Kodachrome
in many ways. An Eastman Kodak bulletin states, "Some differences between Kodachrome and
Ektachrome in color rendering are inevitable. The two processes are different and different dyes are
used. Any preference between Kodachrome and Ektachrome films will be purely a matter of personal
taste." Kodak does notprocess Ektachrome and the film price does not include processing. The
local stores have a pick-up service similar to that provided for black and white . They use the
Detroit Color Lab but will send it to other finishers, such as Pavelle. Processing prices range from
$1 to $1.50. The film can also be processed at home. Ektachrome is now available for employees in
the Personnel Office. Each roll has 20 exposures.
L-3 Light Meter Writers of instruction books do about all they can to give you suggested
exposures for a limited set of lighting conditions. There are so many factors involved that even the
experienced photographer finds it very difficult to estímate proper exposure. The new Argus
L-3 light meter solves this problem by telling you what exposure to use, regardless of the lighting
condition. The light meter is easy to use and pays for itself in film saved. There are three dials.
One has the full range of emulsión speeds, the second shows the f openings, and the third the
shutter speeds. After you have set the dial for the film you are using, point the meter towards the
subject and the quantity of light reflected to the meter is measured and a needie moves. You then
turn the second dial until a pointer lines up with the needie. That's all there is to it. You can
now read a full range of f openingshutter speed combinations . Select the one you want and shoot. An
amplifier attachment is available which, when plugged into the meter, gives readings under very poor
35 MM. EKTACHROME Because these films are new, practical experience with them is limited and data
and instructions given here must be regarded as somewhat tentative. Ektachrome Daylight:
Emulsión speed (or exposure index) A. S. A. 32 . Guide number with 5B or 25B flash 88.
Average exposure in bright sunlight 1100 at f:8 (red Colorín atic settings). For those who
like warmer tones (less blue), use a Skylight filter. It requires no exposure increase. Ektachrome
Type F: Emulsión speed (exposure index), photo floods and 82A filter A.S.A. 16. Guide
numbers: (These values are intended only as a guide and may be alter ed to suit individual
preference.) A-4 and C-3: Recommended speed, Shutter SM 5 125 or 130 second. Speed M-2 SF 25 8 21
and C-4: Switch at X or F for SM or SF. Switch at M for 125 sec. 30 55 120 85 other lamps. 1100 sec'
50 "S 70 ExP0Sures b? aylight, emulsión 1300 sec' 45 70 60 speed (or exPsure index with
1dOU sec. 4ö ü bü 85C filter. 2Qi M-2 requires 81C filter. Average exposure in bright
sunSM-SF requires 82B filter. light, 150 at between f:8 and f:11.
75 Portrait Lens The 75 camera is focused to give sharp pictures in a range which covers most
picture taking. That range is between 7-12 f eet and as f ar as the eye can see (infinity). There
are times when the 75 owner would like toget closer than 7-12 feet- and many do- but the results are
poor. To help those customers, Argus is now producing a Portrait Lens which will give excellent
results with the subject closer than 7-12 feet. This lens, which is available in the Personnel
Office, slips over the lower or picture -taking lens of your 75. With it in place the subject should
be between three and four feet from the camera.
For outdoor shots, no other adjustment is necessary- just view as usual and press the button. You
will be pleasantly surprised at the fine detail this combination will give you. It is ideal for
close-ups of babies or pets. Indoors, it will permit you to take Kodacolor Type A with an SM bulb
and you can take black and white if you use Plus X and just place a handkerchief over the bulb.
Courtright Wins Speaking Award
Bill Courtright, Quality Control, (above) recently won the Buil Slinger Award at the Ann Arbor
Toastmasters Club. The Toastmasters Club is an international organization f or business - men which
is interested in promoting better public speaking. The Buil Slinger Award in the Ann Arbor chapter
is passed on each week to the speaker who showed the most improvement over previous speeches.
Have A Cigar!
Craig Norman was born to Charlotte Ratcliffe, formerly of Sales, on March 14. He weighed 8 lbs.,
4 oz. Bea Frisinger, Government Optical Assembly, has a daughter Pamela Jo. She was born April 12
and weighed 5 lbs., 5 oz. Edna (Service) and Torn (Production Planning) Goetz have a son, Thomas
Clifford. He was born April 18 weighing 5 lbs., 15 oz. Irv Halman s (Internal Auditing) third son,
David Jacob, weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz. on April 19.
Cari Freckelton's (Tabulating) son Mark was born April 20 at the Herrick Memorial Hospital in
Tecumseh. Mark weighed in at 6 lbs., 9 oz. Clif Swanson, Projector Assembly, has a son, Michael Clif
ford, born April 23. The stork won a race with PanAmerican Airways and delivered Roy Moore's
(Engineering) daughter Sally Diane five days bef ore Roy left for Germany. Sally weighed 8 lbs., 3
oz. and was born April 23. Don Ray, Tabulating, has two new daughters. The twins, Cynthia Helen and
Sandra Lee, were born April 30. Cindy weighed 3 lbs., 11 oz.;SandyTs weight was 3 lbs., 14-12 oz.
Art Parker, Jr., Suggestion Office, has a daughter Lynn Ann, born May 1. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz.
LynnTs Gr andad is Art Parker, Sr., Engineering.
Miami Beach recently witnessed the crowning of a new King of Mambo. While on vacation in Florida
recently, Kirkland "Light Foot" Fisher, Credit Manager, received a solid gold-plated
trophy signifying his prowess at the intricate spine bending dance known as the Mambo. It is
understood that he will be willing to pass a portion of this profound skill on to the uninitiated
for a fee. Af ter all, his own lessons have to' be paid for!
G. I. News...
Cpl. Gilbert Mordsky (above) is now in charge of microwave telephone Communications at the United
Nations Headquarters in Tokyo. Gilbert worked at Argus in Maintenance before he entered the
Bowlers Enjoy A "night Out With The Girls"
About 35 women enjoyed dinner at Hillside Inn in Plymouth recently. The occasion was the Argus
women' s bowling league banquet. Cash prizes went to the winning team, the ArgEyes. Several door
prizes, including two floral centerpieces, were given to lucky winners at the banquet.
Profit Sharers Welcome 208 New Members
These People Are Eligible To Become Profit Sharers This August
Alexander, Mary Jane Arnst, Eonald Azary, Mlldred Baker, Lucille Baltezor, Mlldred Bardell, Jay
Barkley, James Bassett, Jean Bates, Thomas Beck, Dona ld Beranek, Betty Bergey, Amual Betke, Georgia
Beuschlein, Betty Blomquist, Eriiest Bolzman, Betty Bonnewell, Wilfred Borgerson, John Bowers, Alice
Bowers, Bodney Bradmon, Eichard Breighner, Martin Briggs, Mary Broderick, Eobert Brooks, Travis
Brown, Mary Brown, Ventura Burkhardt, Madeline Ca ley, Eichard Campbell, Merwin Cannis, Katherine
Carman, Florence Chambers, Laura Chovich, Eva Church, Ma r ga re t Clarke, Harry Clarki, Dona ld
Clement, Harriette Cobb, Agnes Collins, Anna Conn, Veola Conner, Alyce
Converse, Wiles Cooper, Floyd Cooper, Lor ene Cope land, Martha Corley, Bruce Cotitsas, Steve
Cox, Darwin Cox, Helen Crise, William Cummings, Jack Cundiff, Edna Debow, C laude Decker, Orrin Del
Pret e , Kathryn Dougan, Evelyn Doyle, William Drago, Edward Drake, Leonard DuCharme, Patricia
Dusterhoft, William Eastman, Glenn Ecarius, Meivin Eisele, Margaret Elkins, Lois Ely, Mildred
Eschelbach, Mary Ann Exelby, Emma Fox, Eonald Fraser, Bruce Fridline, Kenneth Gitson, Paul Gilligan,
Charles Glover, William Green, Harold Hale, Warren Hans en, Wint on Hardin, Frederick Hardy,
Margaret Harrie, Marie Heermans, Thomas Helzerman, Mildred Heselschwerdt, Cari
Hinz, Grace Hinz, Herbert Hoffman, Lawrence Huntley, Laura Ingram, Estella Jackowski, Lewis
Jacques, Julius Johnson, Emil Kalmbach, Elmer Kemp, Tyson Kerns, John Kircher, Eva Kircher, Joseph
Kittel, Marie Kline, William Koernke, Bennie Koernke, Phyllis Kokinakes, John Lantis, Leona
Lawrence, John Lesniewicz, Marión Lewis, Curtis Lewis, James Linden, Chester Lint on, Wilioa
Loree, Arno ld Lucas, Luella Mac dona ld, Arno ld Makielski, Edward Mas on, Paul Massey, Orville
May, Elwood Maynard, Arthur McClunö, Charles McCord, Irene McLaughlin, Thelma Metzger, Martin
Miller, William Mitchell, Thomas Moor e, Darwood Moore, Genevieve
Mos e ley, Mary Neustadt, Eita Nichol, Joyce Nichol, Eobert Nicho Is on, Sylvia Nordman, Douglas
Northrup, Wil liam Oates, Ruth Onago, Eobert Parren, James Pfeiffle, Cari Piatkowski, Zygfryd
Pickering, Harold Pratt, Marvin Preston, Arthur Putman, Ealph QuackenlDush, Marian Quinn, Dorothy
Quinn, Marshall Eadataugh, Eliza"beth Eadde, Frank Eaney, Jay Eice, Eoger Eiley, Clyde Eitchie,
Louetta Eoterts, Marjorie Eotinson, Elizateth Eotinson, Lowell Eotison, Clara Eocco, Mary Arm
Eogers, Glenville Eoss, Jesse Eothfuss, Cari Salow, Willlam Salyer, Joann Sanford, Arlow Sartori,
John Scheet z, Carmela Schlee, Gerald Schlicht, Joyce Schneider, Eeinhold Schramm, Iva
Shondell, Eobert S immons , Wi lma Smith, Mary Spence, Pauline Spicer, William Stapleton, Leo
Stepp, Onah Swaney, L. Irene Swansey, James Switzer, Harvey Taltot, Eonald Taylor, Elane Taylor,
Eotert H. Terry, Allen Thompson, Har o ld Thompson, James B. Thompson, James W. Trombly, Rus se 11
Turner, Jack UI lom, James Uranga, Eudy Ussery, Lloyd Van Dyck, Peter Van Natter, Eobert Vernon,
Virginia Wahr, Lawrence Waters, Donald Watkins, Eobert Wier, Dorothy Welch, Helen Westfall, Mary
Wiederhoft, Herman Williams, Evelyn Wils on, De Wayne Wood, John Wood, Eichard Wood, Eobert Yates,
James Yuhas, Mildred Zello, James Military Leave
Fish Story ? ? ?
Harvey "Brown Trout" Bennett of the Argus Engineering Draiting Room caught a 26-inch
carp, weight approximately 15 pounds, at Barton Pond on April 30, Instead of the fish striking at
the bait the hook caught in the carp's tail and, after 25 minutes of tugging and pulling, Harvey
landed it. "This certainly isn't the best way to catch fish,1' says Harvey, Mbut it sure saves
The Argus bowling season is over and the results are as follows: Men's League
The finish of the league play was featured by a burst from the Quality Control team to pull into
a third place tie with Lens Tool. They won four points on the last night of league play to do it. At
the banquet held on Tuesday, May 3, trophies were presented by Jim Brinkerhoff. League officers were
named for next year. They are Don Crump, President; Ed Selent, Vice-President; and Jess Cope,
Secretary. Night Shift Men's League
1. Lost Five 2. Pin Heads
3. Four Roses 4. Wildcats
5. Nightcrawlers 6. Last Resorts
This league had their banquet on April 9 at the Farm Clipboard. New officers are Leo Wiederhoff,
President; Ernie Blomquist, Vice-President; and Torn Mitchell, Secretary. Honored at the banquet
were Elmer Johnson, high game of the season; Gene Ronde, high series; and Curt Lewis, greatest
improvement in individual average. Women's League
1. Arg-Eyes 2. Ten Pins
3. Argusettes 4. Jiv'n Five
5. Service 6. Lucky Strikes
Banquet night for the girls was April 29. Hillside Inn at Plymouth was the location. New officers
were elected for next year. They are Liz Clapham, President; Joanne McFarland, Vice-President; Rosie
Smith, Secretary; Thelma Burke, Treasurer; and Helen Masters, Sergeant at Arms. This group is to be
congratulated on the com pietion of their first season in this new league.
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor- Millie
Haynie REPORTERS: Machine Shop, DOROTHY LDCEY - 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
These Employees Won $25 Each For Snapshots!