Publisher: Argus Cameras, Inc.
It is hard to overstate the breadth and speed of the transition to defense manufacturing that
occurred in the United States during World War II. America went from building cars to tanks, farm
equipment to bazookas, three-piece suits to combat uniforms. Locally, companies like American
Broach, Ford Motor and Killins Gravel took on defense contracts and hired thousands of workers to
support the "Arsenal of Democracy" that was Michigan in the 1940s. Argus Camera had a unique role,
inventing and manufacturing new optical equipment that sighted guns, photographed enemy
installations and recorded the war. Argus became one of the largest employers in Washtenaw County,
bringing an unprecedented number of women into the skilled labor force and creating a social fabric
within the company and the community that would last for generations. This video, produced after
World War II, recounts the "miracle of production" that earned Argus several E Awards for excellence
in design and manufacture of war-related materiel. The video captures the post-war economic
optimism while paying tribute to the soldiers, inventors and labor that became known as the Greatest
Generation. Visit AADL's Argus Camera online exhibit or take a walk
over to the Argus Museum for even more Argus history.