Reviewing Argus Progress
With the end of the fiscal year, approaching we are encouraged by the continued increase in sales
of our products. Most of you probably already knowaboutthe scheduled increase for the C-4 camera.
Sales of this camera have been beyond our expectations for the past several months, and further
increases are limited only by the supply of certain parts. C-3 sales also have made a sudden spurt
which makes up for less-than-anticipated sales during earlier months of this year. With the steady
showing of our other products, we will finish our fiscal year at the end of July with the largest
commercial sales volume in our history. The only cloud in this picture is the drop in government
business which will make total sales for the year a little under 1954. PROFIT-SHARING DISTRIBUTION
Although profits can only be estimated at this point, it appears that the company's profit-sharing
distribution will approximate $3 for every $1 invested this year. This is in spite of the fact that
there was a 30% ircrease in membership in the Fund this year, making a total of 522 members who will
share the company contribution.
ADVERTISING My recent trip to the West Coast substantiated our belief that the Argus name is
becoming more and more popular in the photographic buyer's mind. Much of this can be attributed to
the fact that we have conducted a strong national advertising campaign for the past several years, a
technique which is now being copied by more and more of our competitors . Probably many of you saw
our 2page summer spread in LIFE recently in which we coined the phrase "Picture the Fun in your
Life with an Argus Camera." This theme was repeated in our summer displays which were
distributed to our dealers. We, as a manufacturer, do not determine the success of such themes as
far as future advertising is concerned, but this may become a common by-line in Argus advertising.
Along a different vein, this issue should reach most of you as you are leaving on your vacations.
From what I have heard there will be plenty of traveling by Argus families. Whether you are
traveling or not, I want to extend my best wishes for a very happy vacation.
"streetcar Named Argus"?
About The Cover
Frank Skoman, Tool Room, took the July cover picture at the Volunteer Firemen's Carnival in East
Ann Arbor. Frank used an Argus 40 with settings of 1100 at f:11.
GEORGE ROSS, Methods and Standards, was promoted f rom methods and standards engineer to
industrial engineer . SUE RAU, Personnel, was promoted from Personnel file clerk to Personnel
Argus Families Make Camp At Independence
Many Argusites of ten go out to Independence Lake to spend the day. They come in the morning, eat
picnic meals, and go back home in the evening . But a few Argus families just don't bother to go
home at night. They stay right at the lake for the whole week-end. The pictures on this page show
most of the Argus families who "camp out" at the lake. House trailers seem to be the
favorite living quarters, although the Torn TrumbullTs find their tent quite comfortable. The
camping sites seem to have almost all of the facilities of a regular summer home- swimming, fishing,
relaxing- but these summer homes are close enough to Ann Arbor to make a vacation spot just a few
minutes away. And camping at Independence means a chance to visit with other Argusites and vacation
at the same time. These pictures were taken by Ken Geiger over the July 4th week-end.
Fifteen Celebrate Argus Anniversaries
Suggestions Pay Off To Tune Of $648
Ruth Yates, Camera Assembly, received a suggestion award of $212.75 for suggesting the
elimination of the recleaning and selecting the proper side of the front and rear rangefinder lens
on the C-3 camera assembly line. Second largest award last month went to Jim Sieloff , Production
Control. The award of $177.90 was for suggesting the use of the slug from a control ring to make
another part used as a cover for the adjustment hole on the C-3 front plate. Ron Daugherty, Central
Packing, received two awards totaling $174.02. Ron won $102.13 for suggesting the re-use of the
crease pads used by the vendor in the shipping cartón for the Super 75 display box for
packing the six-pack cartons in Central Packing; and $71.89 for the suggestion that the 75 lens case
cartons be used to pack the C-4 camera. A $20 award went to Willhio Kelly, Raw Inspection, for his
suggestion that a universal fixture be used for checking compression springs. Harold Schauer,
Shipping, received $14.15 for suggesting the making of a permanent stencil to be used for export
orders. Awards of $10 went to Orrin Decker, Blocking; Richard Benish, Polishing; Joyce Nicol,
Inspection; Audra Stotts, Service; and Dennis O'Hare, Production Control. June suggestion awards
This Is How Argus Children Spend The Summer
June is that wonderful month for the kids when school is out and the summer fun begins. And the
younger members of Argus families are certainly having their share of that fun! Ann Arbor offers an
amazing number of things for its youngsters to do. The Board of Education and the City Park
Department have combined their efforts and are sponsoring supervised activities in 11 playgrounds
throughout the city, swimming at the pools of Slauson and Tappan Junior High Schools, and wading
pools at Burns Park and West Park.
Taking advantage of the swimming pools are Jane and Suzanne Ford (daughter s of Margar et,
Purchasing); Lynn Bartell, daughter of Walt, Engineering; Dick Meidrum, son of Jim, Engineering;
David Pester, son of Bruce, Engineering; Billy Vanden Broek, son of Jan, Engineering; and Marti
Seeger, daughter of LeRoy, Engineering.
Activities at the playgrounds are supervised mostlyby Ann Arbor High School faculty members . The
activities range from arts and crafts to several sports and are planned for children five years of
age and over. There is no charge for participation in these activities.
The Junior Department of the Public Library is again having a Summer Reading Club. The childrenTs
reading room is open every day.
A bookmobile, which was the gift of the Ann Arbor Kiwanis will visit all of the playgrounds with
books for both children and adults. Mr. Ron Dawson will also be visiting the playgrounds with his
collection of stories to teil to the younger children.
Although the regular year at Ann Arbor High is over, the school is f ar f rom closed for the
summer. Lessons in instrumental music are given twice a week. Other classes include modern dancing,
ballet, art and theater.
Debbie and Pam Ruzicka, daughters of Bill, Purchasing, are taking lessons in Dance and Theater at
Ann Arbor High this summer. Sharron Blattenberger, daughter of Ed, Engineering, is attending the art
Little League baseball is lots of fun for boys during the s u m m e r . This year Argus is
sponsoring the Bears, a team for nineand
ten-year-olds. Rob Howe, son oí Maurice, Machine Shop, is a member of the Bears.
Bible Schools, Day Camps, Girl and Boy Scout Camps and YW and YMCA Camps will, of course, be
popular with the kids this summer, as will vacations with their families. 4-H Club members are
Dickie Fox, son of Marión, Purchasing, who is raising chicks; and Timothy and Karen Clark,
children of Don, Machine Shop. Timothy is taking woodcraft and Karen photography. Jimmy Brinkerhof
f, son of Jim, General Factory, is looking forward to a Boy Scout trip through the Upper Peninsula
this summer. His sister Jill will be going to YWCA camp for two weeks. Going to various other camps
this summer are Michael Osborne, son of June, Engineering; Kipp Eisile, son of Margaret, Purchasing;
Barbara Swaney, daughter of Irene, Inspection, and Jim, Centering; Linda and Laura Hay es, daughters
of Mei, Engineering; Bill, Jim and Robby Albertson, sons of Ann, Polishing; James Cobb, son of
Agnes, Engineering; and John Hillegonds, son of Clarence, Engineering .
Reservations Plan Grows Steadily
If you're going somewhere, especially by plane, Mary Azary (Shipping) is the girl who can write
your travel ticket. Through an arrangement with American Airlines, Argus has been writing its own
airline tickets for the past year . Tickets can be written for any airline, but Mary works through
American. Here is the procedure. LetTs say that someone at Argus is going on a business trip. His
secretary (if he has one) would cali Mary in Stationery Stock giving her the date of departure, date
of return, and any other information such as
mate times, type of plañe desired, etc. Mary checks the various plañe scheduLes to
see which flight fits in best with the traveler's plans. She calis the airline for that flight and
makes the reservation. Then she writes out the ticket and filis out an information sheet, which she
gives, with the ticket, to the traveler. This information sheet tells the person the time his plane
will leave, the airline, flight number, type of plane, and whether or not a meal will be served
during the flight.
Making reservations for Argus people through one person rather than individually has several
advantages. Because only one person need have contact with the airlines, we are getting better
service. In cases where tickets may be hard to get, Argus would have priority over an individual
request. Another advantage is that Mary can write the tickets herself, saving the waiting period
which would occur if the airlines had to write the tickets and send them to us. Although she can
write only airline tickets, Mary also makes hotel, railroad, steamship, and foreign flight
reservations. As a matter of fact, she can even rent a car for you at your destination!
This service, incidentally, is not only for business trips. Any Argus employee can use the
service for any trip he may want to take. So, the next time you go on a vacation, Mary can make your
travel reservations, reserve your hotel room and even rent you a car.
This form is filled out by Mary and given to the tr aveier, along with his tickets.
Ardith Allison, Production Engineering, married Robert L. Everard June 11. The Ever ar ds
honeymooned in the South and through the Smoky Mountains and are now living in Willow Village. Eu
valia Knowlton, Engineering, was wed June 4 to Cari E. White. The ceremony took place in Angola,
Indiana. The Whites are now living on Evergreen Drive in Ann Arbor . Lida Hackbarth, Service, was
wed in a doublé ring ceremony in Angola, Indiana to Max Koeppe. The Koeppes honeymooned in
northern Michigan. Dorothy Laban (formerly of Shipping) and Dave Miller (formerly of Purchasing)
were married June 25 in Ypsilanti. Joanne McFarlane, Purchasing, was maid of honor. The Millers are
living in Chicago.
Ed Blattenbergers Celebrate Silver Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Blattenberger celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June 26. (Ed works in
Engineering.) Mr. and Mrs. Dave Blattenberger (son Dave works in Methods and Standards) and Mr . and
Mrs. James Wilbur (daughter Joan) held open house for their parents on their anniversary. Ed and his
wife recently returned from a two-week vacation in Florida and New Orleans where Ed, who is an
active camera club member, took many color photos.
Hubert AllenTs (Machine Shop) son Darell Wayne weighed in on June 2 at 6 lbs., 14 oz. Virginia
BrumleyTs (Sales) daughter Lynn Marie was born June 4 weighing 6 lbs., 3 oz. Linda Marie was born
June 8 to Albert Prieskorn, Maintenance . Linda weighed 7 lbs. Bob Shondell has a son Robert
William, born June 10. Bob is Regional Sales Manager in the Denver area. Robert G. Bredemeyer (son
of Bob, Machine Shop) was born June 11, which is also his mother's birthday. He weighed 5 lbs., 8
oz. Gerald DeyoTs (Methods and Standards) daughter Susan Clairewas born
June 18 weighing 8 lbs., 1 oz. She has a sister Kathleen, 1-12 years. The stork brought Brenda Jo
to Bernard Merritt's (Camera Assembly) house on June 19. Brenda weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. She has three
News And Notes
. . .Girls in Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable celebrated the birthdays of Dolores Gonyer
and Phyllis Devine with a surprise luncheon. ...Lucille Harvey's (Inspection) son Torn has enlisted
in the Army and is now stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky . . . .Rachel Rodriguez, Accounts Payable,
thoroughly enjoyed her sunfilled vacation at Miami Beach, Florida. ...Fred Tower, Optical Assembly,
will be busy during his vacation taking an active troop of Boy Scouts on a camping trip. ...The Cost
Accounting Department employees and their families had their annual picnic on June 24 at Base Lake.
Honored guests were Will Van Dyke, who celebrated his birthday, and George Haas, who is leaving
Argus. Will and George celebrated the occasion by tumbling out of a canoe and into the lake.
...Night shift plant II boat enthusiasts are many. Bill Ostrander, Blocking, has a new aluminum boat
with outboard motor. Bob Shauan, Grinding, has a racing shell with outboard. Paul Mason, Grinding,
has an 18-foot sailboat at Big Silver Lake.
As was promised last month, a check was made on the night shift men's golf league. Although there
are only four teams in the league, the competition is really hot. Leading the league with 46 points
is the team of Bob Wood and Nick Bandrofchak. Two points back of the leaders with 44 points is the
team of Torn Mitchell and Jake Milliken. Third and four th positions are being held down by the Gene
Rohde-Tom Loy team and the Bill Baker-Armond Stuart team, respectively. The playing time is
approximately 10:00 A.M. every Wednesday at the Hurón Hills Municipal course which, at that
time of day, is pretty deserted. This will sound like heaven to the day shift golfers who are used
to playing when other golfers are practically standing in their hip pockets trying to get a shot
away. However, all this privacy doesn?t come without drawbacks. It seems that Wednesday morning is
green-watering time (this may surprise those who contend that this is never done) and putting gets
to be a science of detecting which way the current is flowing. Spiked overshoes are also
recommended. But, all things being considered, the league members have an enjoyable time and are
looking forward to the play-offs with the day league and also the Argus Open. MEN'S BASEBALL For
some curious reason the baseball team was overlooked in the sports news of last month's issue. For
health reasons, it is not likely to happen again. This season the team is doing very well in the
City Recreation League. They are at this time only one game out of first place because of one tie
and one unfinished or unofficial game which was called on account of darkness. Team manager Joe
O'Donnell has 15 boys who are playing good ball. Don Hinz is at first base; Ray Gregory and Gil
Jaeger altérnate at second; and Jim Yates and George Bock are alternating at short stop. Marv
Geiger is at third and Max Robinson is again doing the catching. In the outfield,
Jim Swansey, Dick Weber, Doug Nordman, Dick Westphal, Bill Alien and Don Hayworth are dividing up
the work. The pitching staíf consists of Gale Nelson and Ray Braumbaugh. This f ella Nelson
has made the record book smoke by throwing two no-hitters in one week. He has struck out 45 opposing
batters, 15 of whom went down in a single game, Outfielder Bob Allen reports that the employee
support of the team has been rather weak. The time and place of each game are announced over the
plant P.A. system so, if you can, get out and see a game. They are really very enjoyable. Harold
Thompson, Purchasing, Bill Courtright, Inspection; and Dick Leggett, Commercial Assembly, were three
of the six Ann Arbor men who participated in the annual Michigan Open Golf ing Tournament. Dick
qualif ied . The three men are making plans to enter the Michigan State Amateur Tournament. Good
luck to them!
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 Assem - bly, RUTH
O'HARE - Lens Processing, DOLORES HELZERMAN - Purchasing, BETTY SHATTUCK - Maintenance, EMIL JOHNSON
- Optical Assem - bly - Inspection, JEAN FITZGERALD - Engineering, JIM MELDRUM - Standar ds,
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
Make Your Vacation A Happy One I
A cloudburst turned a happy family's vacation trip into a scène of disaster last summer.
Homeward bound on an express highway, the driver suddenly found himself in the midst of a downpour
with smeary windshield wipers . The rubber on the wiper blades was dried out and worn, unable to
effectively remove the rain film for clear vision at turnpike speeds. In a matter of seconds the
image of a truck loomed before him through the wavy streaks on the windshield. All efforts to avoid
the danger were in vain as they overtook the slow-moving vehicle. The results-a skid off the road
into the concrete pillar of an overpass. The toll- three dead and one critically injured, a sad
ending to a happy vacation. In 1954 over 71,000 of the cars involved in fatal or personal injury
accidents had mechanical defects which impaired the safe operation of these cars. Here are 10 points
to check on your car before you take that vacation this summer.
Make This Safety Check Before Vacation Driving
1. Start with thebrakes. If the pedal goes too f ar down, the brakes should be adjusted or
relined. If you hold the pedal down hard and it "fades away" to the f loor, there's
probably a leak in the system. 2. Try your windshield wipers to be sure they are working properly.
3. If your car is so equipped, test the windshield washer. You should start out with a f uil jar of
solvent. 4. Check your rear-view mirror. Be sure that itTs secure, properly adjusted, and clean. 5.
Don't forget to test the horn. Itfs better to find a loóse connection or other ailment bef
ore the horn is needed than af ter it's too late. 6. Check the steering for f ree play. A little
"slack" is normal but more than an inch or two at the rim of the wheel indicates loose or
worn parts. 7. Examine your tires carefully. Look at the treads and sidewalls, watching for bald
spots and breaks. Good rubber is good insurance. 8. Turn on your lights and have someone stand
outside to check headlights on high and low beam, parking lights and front turn signáis. 9.
Check tail lights, stop lights and rear turn signáis. A burned-out bulb can be mighty
dangerous on a dark country road. 10. With the engine running, listen for the telltale hiss or
rumble of a leaking muffler. Toxic exhaust gas may do more than make the passengers sick- it may put
the driver to sleep.