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Fine Cameras and How They Are Made

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The Argus C-Four takes center stage in this promotional video for Argus Cameras. The narrator intones, "It takes three things to make a fine camera . . ." and with that launches into a highly technical and detailed description of every step in the camera-manufacturing process at Argus Cameras of Ann Arbor. Scenes of the scientists and craftsmen creating the Argus C-Four are interwoven with scenes of customers using the camera to take family photos and outdoor shots. The easy-to-use, lightweight Argus cameras revolutionized photography, essentially creating "popular photography." Enjoy this pre-Mad Men video, visit AADL's Argus Camera online exhibit and take a walk over to the Argus Museum for even more Argus history.

27:09 min. c.1953

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Argus Eyes for Victory

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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.

19:11 min.
c. 1945

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Many Prizes Will Be Distributed In Soap Box Derby - Steel Helmet To Be Presented To Each Contestant - First Five Finishers In Each Class Will Be Given Award

Ann Arbor News, July 15, 1937


Many Prizes Will Be Distributed In Soap Box Derby - Steel Helmet To Be Presented To Each Contestant - First Five Finishers In Each Class Will Be Given Award
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Lucky To Be Here: Restaurateur's family settled in area by accident

Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1989


Lucky To Be Here: Restaurateur's family settled in area by accident
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New Kadette Firm Begins Production -- Radio - Phonograph And Autime Clock Radio Placed On Market

Ann Arbor News, November 2, 1939


New Kadette Firm Begins Production -- Radio - Phonograph And Autime Clock Radio Placed On Market
New Kadette Firm Begins Production -- Radio - Phonograph And Autime Clock Radio Placed On Market
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Radio Division Of International Firm Bought By Jackson - New Corporation To Manufacture Kadette Models And Television Units On S. First St.

Ann Arbor News, June 9, 1939


Radio Division Of International Firm Bought By Jackson - New Corporation To Manufacture Kadette Models And Television Units On S. First St.
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Radio Firm Changes Names - International Industries Inc. Chosen For Local Corporation

Ann Arbor News, December 16, 1938


Radio Firm Changes Names - International Industries Inc. Chosen For Local Corporation
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Electric Shaver Placed On Market By Local Concern - International Radio Corp. Division Enters New Field; Argus Printer Also Offered Photographers

Ann Arbor News, June 10, 1938


Electric Shaver Placed On Market By Local Concern - International Radio Corp. Division Enters New Field; Argus Printer Also Offered Photographers
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International Radio To Manufacture Complete New Line - FirmWill Enter High-Price Field; Sells More Stock - Officials Predict Doubling of Business In Present Fiscal Year

Ann Arbor News, June 18, 1937


International Radio To Manufacture Complete New Line - FirmWill Enter High-Price Field; Sells More Stock - Officials Predict Doubling of Business In Present Fiscal Year
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Local Camera Firm Enjoys Rapid Success - Color Photography Expected to Bring Added Popularity

Ann Arbor News, November 16, 1936


Local Camera Firm Enjoys Rapid Success - Color Photography Expected to Bring Added Popularity
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