For the beauty of the earth, For the splendor of the skies, For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies, Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.
Reviewing Argus Progress
MWhatTs going on in the brewery?" Many people have asked about the construction work and
plans for use of the building. As we reported last spring, plans for an office building were dropped
due to high cost. Since that time we have been working on plans to use the space at the least
expense. At the same time we need to provide space elsewhere for production of new products.
Specifically, the Service Department will move into the second floor of the South section of the
building and the top two floors of the tower section. They will also have a room on the ground level
for shipping and receiving. The space presently occupied by the Service Department will then be
available for assembly of the new projector. Moving day for the Service Department is scheduled for
the last of this month . The Carpenter Shop will move into the large ground floor room at the
Northwest corner of the brewery. This will make it much easier for them to move lumber and materials
into their work área than has been possible in their location in Plant I. They are scheduled
to move shortly after the first of the year. The remaining area on the ground floor will be used by
the Receiving Department to receive and store bulky in-process parts such as die castings and large
plastic parts. This receiving is now done at the First Street warehouse. The basement rooms will be
used for records storage. Records are now stored in the basement of Plant I and the First Street
warehouse. Moving them to the brewery will allow us, for the first time, to consolidate these
records. This area should be ready in mid December. The Stationery Stockroom, now located on the
second floor of Plant I, will move to the Plant I basement area now used for records storage. The
Stationery Stockroom space will be used as office space for the Internal Audit group of Accounting.
After the Internal Audit group moves, the Purchasing and Accounting Department space will be
rearranged in a more efficiënt marnier.
The first two floors in the tower section of the brewery are to be finished off as offices. Plans
are not yet final on which department will utilize this space. Another change you may have noticed
is the replacement of government machinery and equipment. According to plan, our government contract
business has been gradually dwindling. The greater part of the government-owned equipment u sed on
our contracts will be removed. Because our commercial business has grown as the government business
has declined, we are purchasing replacement machinery to be used for commercial parts. We have also
purchased f rom the government some miscellaneous equipment such as stools, lights, benches, and
hand trucks for the Glass Plant. Because some of the replacement machinery will not be delivered for
some time, we have made arrangements to lease some of the government-owned machinery for use during
this period. We expect that the replacement program will be completed by next July. At this time of
year we watch our inventory of finished cameras, projectors, and other products very closely. In
order to level out employment, our policy is to build more products than we sell in the winter and
spring months and then, when sales piek up in the summer and at Christmas ordering time, we plan to
sell as much of our inventory as possible. Our goal is to have an empty warehouse at the end of the
Christmas ordering period, which is between December lst and 15th. If we start the first quarter of
the new calendar year with an empty warehouse, it means that we can plan again to build up inventory
during the slow sales months. Through this method, and by working overtime during the f all, we have
been able to elimínate a great deal of seasonal fluctuation in employment. You can see,
however, how important it is to obtain large orders during the fall period in order to reduce our
inventories. If for some reason we ended a year with large
inventories it would mean that we couldn't produce at a substantial rate until this inventory was
sold. Of course, our sales to dealers are only part of the story. Unless the consumers are buying
the cameras off the dealer Ts shelves he won't reorder af ter Christmas. The ideal situation for us
occurs when not only our warehouse is empty but the dealers shelves are bare as well. I am happy to
report that so far this fall our sales have been very good. One of the reasons our sales have been
so good is the cumulative effect of our advertising. More and more people are asking for Argus
products as our name becomes better known. This fall we have the largest advertising program in the
company's history. It will be climaxed with a full-color two-page spread in LIFE and the SATURDAY
EVENING POST during the early part of December.
Employees Receive $93,000 In Insurance Benefits
Each month Argus employees receive thousands of dollars for medical, hospital, and surgical bilis
under the Argus Group Insurance Plan. The following figures give a picture of the extent of these
benefits. From January through Septemberthe first nine months of 1955- here is the amount of money
paid out to employees each month. JANUARY $11,044.44 FEBRU ARY 11 , 699 . 18 MARCH 7,328.62 APRIL
10,376.06 MAY 14,912.35 JUNE 10, 701 . 50 JULY 9,750.40 AUGUST 7, 952 . 79 SEPTEMBER 9,818.13 TOTAL
About The Cover
The November cover photo, a Thanksgiving centerpiece, was taken by Irv Halman, Internal Auditing.
Irv will receive a $25 government savings bond for his photo, which was taken with a C-4.
Industry, Program United Education, Industry
The University of Michigan College of Engineering has an Industry Program that provides a direct
channel of communication between Education and Industry. Argus was one of the first subscribers to
this program. The objectives that the University has with this program are (1) To make available to
industry a vast storehouse of research data, techniques, and results; (2) To expand research
activities in needed fields; (3) To develop more highly qualified engineers through association with
industry during their educational training; and (4) To provide direct channels between industry and
education . Argus has been a member of this program for approximately one year. The interchange of
ideas is a tremendous advantage to all parties concerned and the potentialities of such a program
are enormous. There is much unclassified material in the university research program. It is fed into
this group before publication, making available fundamental material for new developments . With the
advent of the atomic age many industrial processes will be drastically changed. It is nice to know
that Argus is on the ground f loor for these technical advances.
Argus Employees Top $8,000 Mark In Community Chest - Red Cross Drive
Our Community Chest-Red Cross employee drive totaled $8,200 in pledges and cash. Of this $6, 167
is contributed to the Ann Arbor Community Chest, $800 to the outlying districts, and $1,233 to the
American Red Cross. The Companyrs contribution matched the employee contribution dollar for dollar,
thus totaling $12,334 for the Community Chest, $1,600 for outlying districts, and $2,466 for the Red
Cross. Since the Red Cross has merged with the Community Chest and will not be conducting a drive
next spring, one half of the Red Cross contribution is being sent now to the Red Cross. The other
half will be sent to the Red Cross when financing plans with the Red Cross and Community Chest have
been completed. The contributions to the Drive have been very generous. Argus employee participation
was approximately 97%- a splendid record- and deep appreciation is given to all who made this drive
an outstanding success.
Prizes were awarded after the drawing as follows: Gerald Deyo, Standards -Automatic Projector;
Andy Procassini, Inspection- C3 camera; Martin Breighner, Accounting- Light Meter; Roy Craik,
Accounting -Magazine Carrying Case; Harry Kaufman, Maintenanc e- Projection Screen; Jim Meidrum,
Engineering- Kodachr ome film.
These Are The Facts About The Credit Union
WHAT IS THE CREDIT UNION? HOW DOES THE CREDIT UNION OPÉRATE? 1. The Credit Union is a
thrift and loan organization . 1. The Credit Union operates 2. Members save for the common through a
board of directors, fund by the purchase of a credit committee, and a shares. supervisory committee,
elected 3. Members borrow f rom the by and f rom the members. common fund. 2. The Credit Union law
requires 4 . Members prof it in proportion that annual reports be made to to their shares. the
governmental supervising agency . 3. Officers of the Credit Union WHO MAY JOIN THE CREDIT who handle
money must be UNION? bonded. 4. All cash receipts must be deAny employee of Argus posited regularly
in a bank the eras, Inc. may join the Credit accounts of which are federal - Union. ly insured. It
is easy and convenient to do business with the Credit Union. All transactions are conf idential .
The Credit Union Office is located in the lobby of Plant H. Hours: 8 a.m.-12 noon 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Monday through Friday Join the Argus Credit Union Now
Health Department Takes 972 X-rays At Argus
On Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, 972 Argus employees received chest X-rays at the
Michigan Department of Health mobile Xray unit, which was her e at the nlant.
Including those people who had X-rays recently and those who have regular periodic X-rays, Fran
Watterworth, First Aid, said we could be reasonably certain that approximately 100% coverage was
obtained this year. The weather was warm enough so that the employees waiting their turn in line
could enjoy the fresh air. (See pictures).
The number of American families who own cameras is steadily increasing. Three years ago, 33
million families owned cameras. Two years ago, the number was 35 million. Today, there are 36
million families in America with cameras, spending 400 million dollars a year on supplies.
Camera Club Members, Guests Hold Shooting Session
Camera Club members and other Argusites met in the Cafetería on October 17 for a shooting
session. Several lovely models, including a few Argus girls, provided ampie opportunity for the
photography fans to get some excellent pictures.
Rec Club Members Dance, Prance, "spook It Up"
Argus Begins Use Of Ibm Paychecks
For some time now the idea of having IBM card pay checks for Argus employees has been considered
in place of the paper checks we have been receiving. It has been known that IBM checks are less
expensive and easier to process. However, the stumbling block has been the fact that card checks
invariably have those annoying words "Do not fold, spindle, or multilate" printed at the
bottom. The inconvenience of the card checks has held back the adoption of these checks until now.
Now IBM has introduced a new card check that can be folded into a nice compact rectangle which will
fit easily in pocket or billfold. However, these checks MUST be folded only in the places indicated
by the words "Fold Here." The cards are constructed in such a way that they can easily be
folded in the proper places . Let's take a closer look at the difference in routine between paper
checks and the IBM tabulating card checks which Argus has just begun using. This is how our paper
checks were processed: Each pay period the employees received their pay checks and deposited or
cashed them. The checks eventually returned to the Ann Arbor Bank (our bank of payment), where
the total amount of the checks was withdrawn f rom our account. At the end of each month Argus
received a statement as to the balance in our account, along with the canceled checks that were
cashed to our account during that month. This means an average of 4,000 to 5,000 factory payroll
checks and 1,000 to 1,500 salary checks each month. With a paper check, these checks were returned
to us from the bank in groups as they were presented to the bank for final payment. In a 30day month
there may be as many as 22 different groups of checks. The checks, of course, were not in numerical
order, as our payroll register is. This meant that someone had to sit down each month and manually
arrange 6,000 checks in numerical order. Then each check that had been cashed must have its number
crossed off our payroll register. The remaining checks which had not been crossed off were the
checks which were not y et cashed. These check numbers and the amounts of the checks were used to
balance the account . Tabulating cards are printed in the same manner as paper checks, but the cards
are already prepunched with the check numbers. As the
checks are being printed, another IBM machine which is hooked up to the printing machine punches
another card with the check number and amount. This is called a reconciliation card. In other words,
two cards are being printed at the same time- one is the actual check and the other is a record of
the check number and the amount. When the checks go through the bank and are returned at the end of
the month, they are put into an IBM sorting machine which can put them in numerical order at the
rate of 600 per minute. The card checks are then put into a collating machine, along with the
reconciliation cards that were made out when the checks were printed and the two are matched up by
the machine. The reconciliation cards that are left over represent the checks which have not y et
been cashed. Af ter this, the account is easily balanced and the whole operation takes approximately
one-tenth of the time that the manual operation with paper checks took. The new checks are also
printed in such a way that each employee can easily see exactly what his deductions are. The
reproduction of a factory check stub below clarifies this. The check itself, similar to the old
checks, is not reproduced here.
Ibm Payroll Checks - Quicker, Easier
Congratulations! On Your Argus Anniversary
NOT PICTUEED: Maynard We liman, Military Leave - 5 years.
Maynard Wellman, who worked in Engineering before going on military leave, married Judith Hobson,
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. E. Hobson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 15. The wedding took place
at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. The brideTs matron of honor was her sister, Mrs. Torn
Heermans of Chelsea. (Torn works in Engineering.) The best man was Ronald Wellman of Rome, New York,
brother of the groom. Torn Heermans was an usher. The newly-weds will be living near Aberdeen,
Maryland until April of next year and will then make their home in Ann Arbor, when Maynard will be
out of the service and will come back to Argus. NOTE: This wedding makes Torn Heermans and Maynard
Wellman brothers-in-law . Robert Lewis, West Coast Military Service Representative, was married
October 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Did You Know?
A cough sprays partióles of moisture 12 to 15 feet; a sneeze broadcasts them up to 20
feet. Just ordinary talking sends them 8 feet. So be careful when you have a cold to cover the
coughs and sneezes and avoid being too close to others .
Have A Cigar!
John Braykovich, Tabulating, has a not-so-new-son-now, Steven Michael, who was born August 23 ,
weighing 6 lbs., 12 oz. A son, Terry Michael, was born to Marión "Bud" Schneider,
Service. He was born September 9 and weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. It was a boy, Philip Martin, for Curt
Lewis, Machine Shop. Philip weighed in at 11 lbs., 8 oz. on September 16. Gen and Joe WrightTs new
daughter Judy Ann arrivedon Oc tob er 3 weighing 8 lbs., 10 oz. Joe works in Production Planning;
Gen was formerly in Sales. Pat Strickland (Sales) has a son Martin Taylor. Born October 22, he
weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. Jack FyfeTs (Standards) daughter Julie Ann was born October 12. She weighed in
at 8 lbs., 1-12 oz.
Argus Children's Christmas Party
Featuring the Four B's Canine Capers and Monkey Shines Saturday, December 17 at the Michigan
Theater Sania uUll e tliete uUU ta tfijft and oattdy o eu&uf cltild! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. All
Argus employees' children, ages 2 through 12, are invited. Fill out the reservation blank at the
right and take it to the Per son - nel Services Office, second f loor, Plant I.
A Small Tree This Christmas? Try A Make-it-yourself Tree!
No matter whether itTs your job to plan a Christmas tree for your department or your home, one of
your biggest problems will be to bring the tree inside, without upsetting everything and everyone.
That is why this suggestion for an attr active tree you and your friends can make has such an
appeal. The following instructions make a table tree; if you would like a larger one, just make a
bigger frame and buy more of the simple materials required. Here is all the information you need to
make this tree, which is really a light frame covered with snowy white, glistening carnations. For
the make-it-yourself frame, use poultry wire or light hardware cloth 32" by 46". Fold into
cone shape, tucking excess corner under circular rim at bottom. No stand is necessary. These are the
materials needed for the carnations: One large box (300 sheets) of facial tissues . One box of paper
clips. One bottle of metalic glitter (comes in a selection of colors,including gold and silver). Two
bottles of colorless nail polish for applying glitter to carnations. Four boxes of pipe cleaners for
attaching carnations to frame. How to make the carnations: 1. Unfold two sheets of tissues and place
one on top of the other, creases running left to right. 2. Fold in half, left to right. 3. Fan-fold
the tissues to make
a pleated strip about 34 of an inch wide and 5 inches long. 4. Fasten tissues in center with a
paper clip. 5. Separate strip in fan-like fashion at both ends and tear off 34 inch f rom each end
of strip. 6. Gently separate each sheet of tissue from torn edge up toward center where paper clip
is. 7. Brush edges of carnations with colorless nail polish and sprinkle with glitter bef ore polish
has dried. 8. Run pipe cleaners through paper clip hooks on bottom of each carnation and attach to
frame, complete - ly covering tree. Place star or other Christmas ornament on top of the tree.
Cover Contest Rules Reviewed
Argus Eyes has been proud of the fact that Argus employees have been able to submit good timely
photographs for its cover for several years. Since the purpose of the magazine is to reflect Argus
and Argus people, it is, we think, very appropriate for the employees to have an active part in its
publication. It has been some time since the rules for the cover contest were published. These rules
have been reviewed and revised slightly. They are printed below for the information of all Argus
employees. 1. All employees of Argus are eligible . 2. Entries must be black and white prints taken
with an Argus camera and preferably accompanied by the negative. 3. Any number of pictures may be
submittedby each contestant. However, each employee may win the cover contest prize only once du
ring a calendar year . 4. Submit photos to Millie Haynie, Personnel Services Office, second f loor,
Plant I. 5. Pictures will be judged for originality, composition, and subject matter. 6.
Decisión of the judges will be final . 7. In the event the photos submit - ted do not meet
the specified qualifications of the judges, Argus Eyes will furnish its own cover . The winning
contestant each month will receive a $25 Government Savings Bond. The winner' s name and pertinent f
acts about his picture will be published in Argus Eyes at the time the photo is published.
Milton Campbell Receives $218 Suggestion Award
Milton Campbell, Service, took the top Suggestion Award last month. He received $218.11 for
suggesting the use of scrapped top covers as replacement parts in the Service Department. James
Parren, Shipping, pocketed $130 for suggesting the use of a packing cartón that will hold two
six packs of magazines. Formerly, only one six pack was packed in a cartón. Ruth Yates'
(Camera Assembly) suggestion that the use of tweezers in assembling the rear-view finder lens in the
C-3 camera be eliminated netted her $44.14. Bruce Junod, Paint Shop, was awarded $37.67 for
suggesting the elimination of the necessity for sanding the mandrei used on focusing ring
operations. A Suggestion Award of $25 went to Stanley Salamin, Screw Machine, for his suggestion
that a skive tool be used in place of the form tooi on the sprocket spacer. Jim Romine, Projector
Assembly, won $25 for suggesting an addition to the condenser hold-down assembly $25 wentto Melvin
Ecarius, Blocking, for suggesting a new method of mixing the formula used in making first side
polishers. Peter Opple, Machine Shop, received $21.67 for his suggestion that a sliding fixture be
used to tap the A-4 lock píate and the Super 75 lock ring. Kenneth Hubbell's (Punch Press)
suggestion that a chute be put on the bottom of a die so that the parts will drop into a pan meant
an award of $15.67. Bessie Coons, Optical Assembly, received a Suggestion Award of $15.65. Her
suggestion was the elimination of a waxing operation on the diaphragm assemblies. Claude DeBow,
Blocking, received $15.13 for suggesting the use of special fittings on the copper tubing used on
the top coil of the lapel machine. The following people received $10 Suggestion Awards: Russel
Wiedmeyer, Blocking; Georgia Betke, Inspection; Irene McCowan, Final Inspection; Laura Snearly,
Paint Shop; Robert Parker, Inspection; and William Cheatham, Machine Shop. Five dollar awards went
to Charles Desmond, Maintenance; and Elsie Green, Camera Assembly.
MenTs Day Shift Now that seven weeks of bowling have passed and the bowlers have had a chance to
regain their last year's form and skill, here are the keglers that rolled last month's high scores:
High Single Game (Actual) - John Sartori: 235 High Three-Game Series (Actual) - Jan Gala: 571 So f
ar this year these are the highest scores rolled. It is too early in the season to pr edict a
winner, but at the present time there are three teams tied for first place. They are, "The
Thirsty Five,M captained by "Big" Bill Allen; "Argus Q.C.," captained by
"Lefty" Jan Gala; and the "Tool Room" captained by George Bock. Trailing these
three teams by only three and a half points are the "Five K's" captained by Amos Kline.
Standings so f ar this year:
The highest scores rolled the last four weeks were: High Single Game - Rosetta Smith: 213 High
Three-Game Series - Rosetta Smith: 480 Night Shift League: The Argus Night Owl League may be a small
league, but they make up for this by their enthusiasm and spirit of the game. Speaking of spirits,
the team that is in first place is none other than the Four Roses team. And, trailing them by only
six and a half points are the Pin Heads. Standings so far this year with their won and lost records
are as follows:
BOWLING HONOR ROLL MEN WOMEN John Sartori - 235 Rosetta Smith - 213 Jan Gala - 224 Max Putman
(sub) - 220 To get your name on the Honor Roll, men have to bowl a single game (actual) of 220 or
higher and women 200 or higher. K any person bowls more than one game over this mark, only the
highest game will be posted. NOTICE: If there is enough interest, there will be an Argus Mixed
Doubles in December .
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor - Millie
Haynie REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LKEY, Camera Assembly - RUTH O'HARE, Purchasing - DOLORES
HELZERMAN, 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, Don Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala
Let's Be Sure We Always 'take The Axe'
You' re a 2Oth Century Robinson Crusoe. The only survivor of a shipwreck. The vessel is about to
break up on the reef. You can carry something ashore; not much. At hand are canned foods, a radio,
an axe, clothing. What to take? The decisión will mean life or death on the desert island.
You could take the canned foods. But shortly you'd have nothing but empty tins. The portable radio-f
or the sound of human voices in your loneliness? But you can't build a shelter with run-down
batteries. Clothing? It would soon rot away. You take the axe. Now you have a tooi. With the axe you
can build a shelter. . .defend yourself. . .kill animáis for food. . .chop firewood. The axe
multiplies your strength and skills .
Man, by himself, is a pretty puny fellow. But give him an axe and he's a world-beater . Better
yet, give him an assembly line, machine tools, horsepower- and he'll provide the luxuries of peace
or, if need be, the sinews for defense. Therers a problem, though. No one gives away assembly lines
or machine tools. And it takes a $12,000 investment in tools and materials for the average job.
Where do these tools come f rom? From ordinary private citizens who plunked their savings into
shares of company ownership- in the hope of earning a profit. We in America have chosen to take the
axe, the tooi- on a vastly magnified scale. This choice- of tools to produce more- has helped us to
live better. Better than any people, anywhere, at any time in history.