Camera Collector Bob Kelly Discusses The History Of The Argus Camera Company And Helps To Launch AADL's Argus Digital Archive

This event was held on October 26, 2012 at Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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Delve into Ann Arbor's fascinating history as AADL unveils a new digital local history archive (available at after this event) featuring decades of news and photos tracing the rise and decline of Argus Cameras, a very important early manufacturer in Ann Arbor.

This event will include an introduction to the Argus online archive; a discussion of the history of Argus and its place in the community by Bob Kelly; and post-presentation refreshments.

Bob Kelly has been collecting and researching Argus for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of the Argus Collectors Group.

Founded in the Depression, Argus Cameras employed, at its height, 1300 workers and occupied two city blocks on 4th Street. The first camera rolled off the assembly line in 1936. The Argus Model A camera was so popular, it sold 30,000 units by Montgomery Ward within the first week.

Step back in time and learn more about this important early Ann Arbor business.

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