Reviewing Argus Progress
I have had several interesting discussions of late with different employees regarding our joining
SylVonia. These employees have indicated that there is some uneasiness regarding this move. I am
concerned about this feeling, as I think some people are jumping to conclusions, expecting radical
changes that just won't happen. Certainly there is not going to be an influx of people from Sylvania
on January 3, the day after we officially become a división. In fact, I expect January 3 to
be the same as any other operating day with the same people here doing the same jobs as bef ore.
Among the more common questions is whether or not we are going to have the same vacation policy as
we have had before. The answer to this is that we will continue to grant our vacations in the same
manner as we have in the past, which is normally by means of a plant shutdown during the last part
Another question concerns the future of the Recreation Club. There will be no change in this
activity either. We will continue to contribute to the Club just as we have in the past and our
lease at Independence Lake will continue. One of the big features of being with Sylvania is that
this company believes in the principie of decentralization. By this I mean that they encourage each
plant and each división to opérate very much like a separate company. This per mits us
to have the freedoms that we have enjoyed in the past as a smaller company. At the same time,
however, we are enjoying the greater stability of larger companies. In fact, the broader financing
of Sylvania can be of considerable help in such programs as our new products development. Of
particular significance is the fact that our association with Sylvania will bring two big activities
in the photographic business, namely their flash bulbs and
our cameras, into one organization. This will make us a bigger factor in each of our dealers'
operations. Actually, we expect to gain sales as a result of this combining of operations over what
the two groups did independently. You may be interested in some of the remarks that Don Mitchell,
President of Sylvania, recently made at their annual photolamp sales meeting. In reference to the
combining of Sylvania and Argus Mr. Mitchell said, 'lt not only will make Sylvania one of the large,
diversified competitors in the industry, but it also will be the first time a single companyTs lines
included both photographic lighting products and the devices which use them. " He also
expressed his enthusiasm by saying, "The combined activity will afford an excellent basis for
the development of new opportunities in the photographic field- one of the fastest-growing
businesses in the country today. M Probably of interest is the growth of the photoflash business.
Amateurs are now consuming about 95% of the photoflash bulbs used in the United States compared to
10% in 1946. This upsurge is more dramatic when it is understood that the industry is manufac turing
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Revíewing Argus Progress (Continued from page 2) the number of flash bulbs manufactured
ten years ago - a total of 58,000,000 units this year. This, of course, is attributed to rising
incomes and the growth of leisure time activities. Mr. Mitchell concluded his remarks by saying,
nAgainst this background, the close relationship of Sylvania and Argus in marketing philosophy, and
the complementary nature of our respective product groups, makes a joining of f orces extremely
desirable from the standpoint of everyone concerned. It certainly provides a desirable base for
expandedphotographic product lines." Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Arthur
Parker, Sr. , who died December 3. Art was Chief Tool andProcess Control Engineer at Argus. Art Jr.
is Suggestion Plan Manager.
About The Cover
Lynn Ann Parker Father, Art Parker, Jr. Personnel Department
Salesman Makes Tv Appearance
Televisión station KHQA-TV in Quincy, Illinois, schedules a weekly tenminute camera clinic
sponsored by Quincy Photo, an Argus dealer. Argus salesman Dick Pierce (at left in front of camera)
recently made an appearance on the program and discussed the Argus line. The C-44 attaché
case and the automatic projector are displayed on the table.
Sylvania Defense System Protects New Air Force Plane
The Electronic Systems División of Sylvania has recently announced that they are supplying
the passive defense system for the Air ForceTs first supersonic bomber, the B-58 "Hustler"
which was developed 'and built by the Convair División of General Dynamics Corporation. A
passive defense system is to our knowledge one that electronically directs the aircraft away f rom
interception or collision. This evasive ability is greatly enhanced by the plane's tremendous speed,
which is estimated to be around 1,400 miles per hour.
Argusites Prove Successful Contest Entrants
Have you ever wonde red if anybody really wins contests like fl like Dipsy-Doodle Soap Flakes
because ..." completed in 25 words or less? People really do win these nationwide contests and
some of the people are Argus people. An outstanding example is Mrs. David Merriman, wife of our
Controller, who seems to be cornering the contest winning mark et these days. Several months ago
Mrs. Merriman entered the House Power Contest sponsored by the Edison Institute. tTIt pays to have
full house power because. . . " was the statement to be
pleted. Not to be outdone, Dave entered the same contest and, lo and behold, both entries were
winners. Mrs. Merriman won one of the top prizes, an electric dryer. Dave was a little farther down
on the winners' list (much to nis dismay and his wife's delight) and won an electric coffee maker.
Next Mrs. Merriman entered some sketches of the laundry room of her dreams in a McCall's contest and
once again she
was a winner. This time the prize was a deluxe Kitchenmaid Mixer. Mrs. Merriman's latest effort
turned out to be the most successful. In the Home Modernizing Contest she completed the statement,
'1 would like to remodel my room because. . . " in 50 words or less. The Midas touch stayed
with her and she won $1,000 worth of merchandise, which she could choose f rom the advertisements in
a certain magazine. She chose an entire bathroom, which will be installed adjoining the library in
their home. Incidentally, Dave and nis wife are turning what was an attached garage into this
library and are really doing a man-sized job on it. (See picture below) Currently Mrs. Merriman is
working on another McCalPs home improvement contest, which she is entering in no less than three
classifications. The good luck, hard work, and clever ideas which have gone into other contests
should serve her well with this one.
Bev, who is a former Argus employee herself, entered her very first contest by completing the
statement nI like Sta-Flo Starch because. . . " and did it so well that she received a thous
dollar mink stole (she's modeling it in the picture above) for her efforts. The stole, which was
made for her in New York, was one of the second prizes in the contest.
First In Michigan
Mary and Dick Burris (Mary works in Personnel Services) recently moved into the first story
Techbuilt prefabricated home which has been constructed in Michigan. (See exterior photo of house
above.) The bedroom home, which is located on Barton Drive in Ann Arbor, arrived in 4 by 12 foot
panels and was "put together" by a local building contractor. Mary and Dick did the
painting and staining on all outside and inside walls themselves.
Ussery's Build New Home Practically Single Handed
A spacious, two-acre wooded lot provides the setting for the lovely buff brick home of the Lloyd
UsseryTs. (See photo above.) Lloyd, who works in Engineering, lite rally built the home himself f
rom below the ground up. This inc ludes designing the house and excavating for the basement. Outside
help was obtained only for installing the heating system and applying the piaster. Working evenings
and on weekends, the job was complet ed in about six months.
From Atlantic To Pacific The Traffic Is Terrific
From Atlantic to Pacific, the traffic is terrific around this time of year because Argus people,
like everyone else, think "there's no place like home for the holidays." The fact that
this year the two-day holiday falls with a week-end gives Argusites a good opportunity to visit
friends and families. And "from Atlantic to Pacific" is no exaggeration, for Argusites are
spending the holidays from New York to California and from Northern Michigan to Florida.
Your reporter learned of several more holiday trips after it was too late to plan pictures. Five
more states are represented here, making a total of 15 states which will host Argus employees for
the holidays. Camera Assembly people are doing lots of traveling this year. Irene Brockhohn goes to
Iowa, Dorothy Lawson to West Virginia, Francés Payne to Georgia, Jerry and Aaron Otts (Aaron
works in Planning) to Illinois, Opal Sanch to Ohio, and Ruth Yates to Kentucky. Ernie Bloomquist,
Maintenance, and his wife left early in December for í a three-week holiday vacation in
Venezuela. The Bloomquists have a son who lives there.
December Anniversaries For 23 Argusites
Not Pictured: Edna Huntley, Leave of Absence from Receiving Inspection - 5 years.
During the past couple of weeks, the competition has been getting tougher. The Liter team beat
the strong Thirsty Five for four points, which puts them tied for first place. Chuck Renner set the
pace for the winners with a 565 series and Ed Selent had a 569 series for the losers. Ed Zills'
Engine Ears beat the front running Pin Poppers for three points with Don Smith leading the way with
a 524 series for the winners. Coming from behind, the Mred hot" Tabulating team, captained by
Cari Rothfuss, has won their last 12 points and at the present time are tied for fourth place with
Argus Q.C. The bowler of the month for this issue of Argus Eyes is Glenn Alt. Glenn shot the highest
game of the season. He started with six strikes in a row, followed with a spare, and ended with four
more strikes and eight pins for a respectable 277. Nice going, Glenn. This may be the highest game
ever rolled in an Argus League. If anyone knows of a higher game, please let me know. During the
same night, Torn Knight came in a strong second with a 259 game. But Torn did roll the highest game
series for the past three weeks, which was 587. The Men's Honor Roll has an addition of three names
this time. They are as follows: Glenn Alt, 277; Torn Knight, 259; and Maynard Wellman, 235. There is
still plenty of room on the Honor Roll for names. Standings so f ar this year:
WOMEN'S BOWLING LEAGUE We have a new leader in the women's league- they are the Snap Shots,
captained by Carol White. Only one-half point behind them are the Shutter Bugs. Bonnie Briffith
rolled a 204 with a 506 series, which won her top spot on the Women's Honor Roll. Standings so far
High single game: Bonnie Griffith, 204 High three game: June Os borne, 513 High team game:
Shutter Bugs, 741 High team series: Shutter Bugs, 2051 NIGHT SHIFT LEAGUE Standings so far this
I still have no report from night shift secretary on high games (actual pin f all).
RowU+Uf, Jlano Roll
Argus Hunters 'bring Home The Bacon'
Bill Wetzel, Sr. , Model Shop "the Robinhood of Argus," brought home the bacon during
deer season for the fourth time in five years of bow and arrow hunting. This year Bill bagged a
130-pound doe while hunting in Mackinac County.
Strictly For The Girls!
COFFEE BEANS. ..WITH LOVE. Centuries ago, brides in Turkey took no chances with their daily
supply of coffee. The turkish marriage ceremony included a vow by the gr oom that he would keep his
wife supplied with coffee beans. This was no small vow since the normal coffee consumption was 20
cups a day. TodayTs brides donTt include this stipulation in the wedding vows, 'tis true, but smart
wives take no chances with the quality of coffee they serve when thev keen full-flavored Instant
Chase & Sanborn
ways on hand. No need for a postscript to wedding vows when the daily reminder of good coffee
enjoyment makes this a habit to cherish.
WANT TO PROVE YOUR HEART'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE? During February, "American Heart "
Month, " show that you have a heart by planning cardparty entertainment around the game of
Hearts and asking your guests to contribute to the Heart Fund. While you and your f riends are
playing cards, youTll he helDine to battle our No. 1 killer, heart disease.
Write your invitations on the faces of the 13 cards in the Heart's suit. By the way, if youTve
forgotten how to play Hearts, ask Playing Cards, 420 Lexington Avenue, New York 17, for f ree
FOR A SUNDAY BRUNCH TO REMEMBER, serve sausages cooked in ale, cheese soufflé, popovers
and marmalade. The beverage-ale in festive goblets. Place 1-12 pounds link sausages in a skillet.
Cook over low heat until browned, turning once or twice and pouring off the fat as it gathers. Add 1
cup ale, 1 bay leaf, 3 peppercorns. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and
simmer 20 minutes. Thicken sauce with a smooth blend of 1 tablespoon each flour and butter.
"LITTLE FURS" SATISFY the American woman's desire for the luxury of furs. The American
Peoples Encyclopedia Yearbook reports that about 75 per cent of fur retail buying last year was for
jackets, capes, stoles, scarves. What's just as interesting is that more mink is sold than any other
fur. Second in popularity is Alaskan seal followed by beaver, Persian lamb and sheared raccoon.
JAPANESE HAVE A WORD FOR TEMPURA. Delectable seafood dipped in batter and deep-fat fried, light
as a feather. Here's an Americanized version: Clean 2 lbs. uncooked shrimp and split down backs.
Sift 1 cup flour and 1 tsp. salt together. Add 2 beaten eggs and 1 cup milk, to make a thin batter.
Heat 1 pint cooking oil to 375 degrees, very hot, but not smoking. Dip shrimp in batter and fry 3
until golden brown. Do not overcook. Makes 6 servings. Serve with chutney, prepared mustard or
soy sauce. THE RIGHT WEIGHT TO HELP YOU WATCH YOUR WEIGHT describes duraable yet easy-to-ride
middleweight bicycles now being produced by most American manuf acturers . More and more women are
taking up bicycle riding as a healthy way to keep trim, and have fun at the same time. The
middleweight bicycle combines sturdiness and rugged construction, typically American made, yet has
the lightness and speed of fragüe racing-type bicycles. Some, such as the built Evans bike,
come in bright and varicolored hues, just like today's automobiles.
The green bough on the mantel, The holly on the door, Hail a joyous Christmas The woncTrous eve
bef ore. The pine tree in the parlor- Laden branches bent- Sets the mood for Santa's Fireside
descent. The stockings on the hearthside, The child who put them there, Await the magie morrow,
-Christmas everywhere! Speak of cherished childhood; Speak of Yuletide cheer. Let them live in
pictures, A lasting souvenir.
Photo Coupon Name Dept. No. of Prints Black and white prints of any photos published in Argus
Eyes may be obtained by filling out the coupon at right and taking it to the Personnel Services
Office. One photo will be f ree of charge. There will be a charge of 7 cents for each additional
Speaking Of Cards
You might be called "psychic" if you score higher than the average on these three
simple tests you can make with an ordinary deck of playing cards. This isnTt a card trick
and a high score does not necessarily mean that you should buy a turban and crystal ball and set
up shop as a fortune teller. It is merely based on the acknowledged f act that one out of every five
persons s e e m s to have a subconscious ability to attain higher scores than the averaere.
To find out if you are the lucky "one in five, " get out a deck of car ds and try these
three tests. Test 1: Have a friend turn over a deck of cards one at a time within earshot but out of
sight. As he turns a card, try to guess whether it is red or black. You can get 26 right by pure
luck but if you average 36 or more correct in several tests, you are well above the average. Test 2:
Again, using the same method, try calling off the
nation of the car ds while disregarding the suits. There are 13 denominations of Ace through King
and the average person guesses four correctly out of 52 tries. If, after several runs through a deck
you get an average of seven or better, you' re doing exceptionally well. Test 3: Now you've arrived
at the most difficult of the tests. Try naming both the number and the suit (Queen of Hearts, Ten of
Diamonds, Deuce of Clubs, etc). If you're lucky, you will probably cali one or two of them corree
tly. But if youfre Mpsychicn as the saying goes you might average even as many as four correctly per
run after several test runs. You are the unusual "one in five. " This unique method of
testing yourself against an average is taken from a colorful, 32-page illustrated booklet,
"It's All in the Cards, M just published and offered in exchange for an Ace of Spades from an
old or used deck. The boóklet also contains hitherto unknown facts about the exciting history
of cards, several simple card tricks, card games for the whole family to enjoy, interesting Bridge
variations and many lively anecdotes about cards. To get your free copy send an Ace of Spades to
Playing Cards, 420 Lexington Avenue, New York 17, New York.
Employees Participate In Toastmasters
Several Argus employees particípate regularly in the activities of various Toastmaster
Clubs, organizations which help businessmen to gain confidence by teaching them to speak effectively
both in conversation and before groups. One of these clubs, the Huron Valley Toastmasters, meets
weekly in the Argus Cafetería. Bob Newcomb of the Ford Motor Company is president of the
group. Argusites Bob Cuny, Engineering, and Bill Courtright, Quality Control, are among the members.
At each weekly meeting each of the members gives a short extemporaneous speech. Five regular
speakers are scheduled for each meeting and these five each give planned talks of about five minutes
length on various subjects. These talks are evaluated by other members of the group. Bob Cuny took
the photos below at a recent Toastmasters meeting. Professor Dinsmore, head of the Speech Department
at the University of Michigan, evaluated the speeches at this session. Moving pie tures were also
taken of each speaker so that he could tTsee himself speak. M
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. Editor - Millie
Haynie REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly - RUTH O' HARE, Purchasing - BE TT Y
FORSYTH, 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, Suggestion Office - ART PARKER, Jr. , Govt. Opt. Assembly - THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - BONNIE
GRIFFITH, State Street Warehouse - LIZ CLAPHAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night Shift - ART SELENT and
LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Don Crump, Art Parker, Jr. Photoprinting:
Argus Cameras, Inc.
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Our Happiest Yuletide Poem
"TTwas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse. . . . M
For well over 100 years the happy poem that begins thus has been part of just about every
American's Christmas-but its modest author never dreamed or intended it so. He was a shy, scholarly
professor, Clement C. Moore, in New York City, and he wrote the beloved lines in 1822 just to amuse
his own children on Christmas Eve. They were delighted, and so was a family friend, who sent it to
the editor of her home-town paper with no name signed to it. In the years that followed, many
newspapers reprinted the poemanonymously; it was not until 1837 that the author 's name became
known. In the 18 50 's the poem began appearing in school books. Professor Moore never sought or
received royalties . The poem has been printed in multi-millions of copies, translated into almost
every language and into braille.
An artist of a century ago drew a Saint Nick from Moore's description- (TTHis eyes, how they
twinkled! His dimples, how merry. . . And the beard on his chin was white as the snow. . . ")
and gave us a Santa Claus image which has endured these generations.
Attracted by the beauty of a wild plant, Dr. Joel Poinsett, first U.S. Minister to Mexico
generations ago, sent cuttings back to his South Carolina plantation where they thrived vigorously
and, eventually, gave all of us the familiar Christmas plant which perpetuates his name. Your
poinsettia may last until next Christmas and even afterward, with care. When the leaves begin to
dry, cut off one-half the growth, put it in the basement, water it every few weeks. Plant outside in
June in partial shade; bring inside in early September, keep at 65 degrees.
Why Down The Chimney?
Why is Santa pictured as coming down the chimney? One story goes back to pre-Christian Germany
and Hertha, goddess of the home. At the winter solstice, which is about the time of Christmas,
families kindled a fire of fir boughs inside their homes, and the goddess supposedly descended
through the smoke tobring them good luck. The legend carried over into old England, where Santa was
credited with coming down the chimney to clean it of soot so good luck could come in.
In Denmark it's "Glaedelig Jul!M; in Holland itfe "hartelijke KerstgroetenP in Finland
it's "Hauskaa Joulua!tT; in France it's "Joyeux Noel!Tt; in Germany it!s "Froehliche
Weilhnachten!Tt; in Italyitfe nBono Natale!11, in Spain itTs "Felices Pascuas!"; and in
Portugal itfs "Boas Festas!"- and it's "Merry Christmas!" however y ou say