Argus Museum

Argus Museum the Argus Museum features products manufactured by the Argus Camera Company and tells the stories of the company, the people involved and showcases unique collections connected to Argus.
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06/01/2020

The Governor has announced that museums may open as of June 8, 2020, subject to the rules governing retail stores. However, we do not have any confirmation on the Argus I Building opening up yet. We will update everyone as information becomes available.

05/20/2020

We would like to take this opportunity to announce the recent grant award of $2,500 from Michigan Humanities
made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal CARES Act legislation.

Funding for these grants has been provided by Michigan Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

The grant will support the work of the Argus Museum by providing/supplementing staff salaries. The future of the Museum’s intern position, in particular, was in jeopardy – the contract ended April 30. A majority of the monies will go to support that position and the important work that is being conducted. This includes readying the database for a soon-to-be established web presence through PastPerfect and going forward with our event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment – a juried photography exhibit with the theme “How Far Have We Come?”

Calling All Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Photographers!The Argus Museum in Ann Arbor, MI is hosting a juried photography ...
05/13/2020

Calling All Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Photographers!

The Argus Museum in Ann Arbor, MI is hosting a juried photography exhibition. “How Far Have We Come” photography exhibition is to commemorate the suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th amendment making it a constitutional right for women across the nation to vote.

Through photography, artists are asked to examine the progress, or lack of it, not just women but for others who have been, and continue to be disenfranchised, or what the future may hold for these groups. The topic of voting is particularly poignant this election year.

There are three categories for entry (Professional, Enthusiast, Student) with prizes including gift cards and lens rentals from CameraMall.

Click for more information, or email the Argus Museum at [email protected]
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03/17/2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID 19, the Argus I Building and the businesses it houses, including the Argus Museum, are closed is until further notice. We will keep posting, so keep following!

How Far Have We Come?"Juried Photographic Gallery Exhibition Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of the 19th AmendmentHelp...
03/10/2020

How Far Have We Come?"
Juried Photographic Gallery Exhibition Commemorating the 100 Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Help us celebrate 100 years of women voters! We will be commemorating women's suffrage with a juried photograph exhibition at the Argus Museum in Ann Arbor, MI – the original building in which Argus cameras and other photography equipment was manufactured in. The theme “How Far Have We Come” can be explored in a number of ways. Through photography, artists are asked to examine the progress, or lack of it, not just women but for others who have been, and continue to be disenfranchised, or what the future may hold for these groups.

The topic of voting is particularly poignant this election year. “How Far Have We Come” photography exhibition is in conjunction with the League of Women Voters and over 60 Washtenaw County organizations partnering to commemorate the suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th amendment making it a constitutional right for women across the nation to vote. The exhibition is sponsored by CameraMall, the Argus Museum and the Washtenaw County Historical Society.

Find out more about the competition and submit your photographs through CameraMall at: https://cameramall.com/pages/how-far-have-we-come-photo-contest.

Awards will be announced September 12, 2020. Opening Reception will be held at the Argus Museum, 525 West William Street, Ann Arbor MI, 48103, 5:30-8 pm, October 8, 2020.

Two new acquisitions are on display in the Argus Museum. An Argus filing cabinet, donated by Bill Sturgis (whose father,...
03/05/2020

Two new acquisitions are on display in the Argus Museum. An Argus filing cabinet, donated by Bill Sturgis (whose father, William, worked for Argus) contains copies of Argus Eyes, Impression newsletters and other Argus-related information- all available for free to museum guests. The Argus microfiche reader was a collaborative effort with University Optics. The purchase of the artifact was made possible by generous Argus Museum/Argus Collector Group donations. Thank you!

If you missed the opening of "Clothesline", you missed a enjoyable  evening - but good news - there's plenty of time to ...
03/03/2020

If you missed the opening of "Clothesline", you missed a enjoyable evening - but good news - there's plenty of time to check out the exhibit which runs through April 24!

If you have nothing going on tonight, come over too the Argus museum for the exhibit opening of “Pin Up Women” by the An...
02/27/2020

If you have nothing going on tonight, come over too the Argus museum for the exhibit opening of “Pin Up Women” by the Ann Arbor Women Artists. Show starts at 5:30 till 8. Can’t make it tonight? The exhibit will be up till April 24.

https://www.messynessychic.com/2014/03/04/an-online-vault-of-the-most-awesome-cameras-ever-made/?fbclid=IwAR3nrwe0PaCp4A...
02/20/2020
An Online Vault of the most Awesome Cameras Ever Made

https://www.messynessychic.com/2014/03/04/an-online-vault-of-the-most-awesome-cameras-ever-made/?fbclid=IwAR3nrwe0PaCp4AB82_Ur2BAvEZE271PIheezILxqCpUSiITlimW23S6vnAA

Today I stumbled upon an incredible collection of vintage cameras– an encyclopedic Aladdin's cave on the internet. Assembled by a French guy the name of Sylvain Halgand, we don't know much about him except that he has collected a lot of cameras. There are thousands of different models on his site ...

"My mother was caught just after hanging the wash, by my father with his Argus brick loaded with Kodachrome slide film. ...
02/18/2020

"My mother was caught just after hanging the wash, by my father with his Argus brick loaded with Kodachrome slide film. This would have been c. 1950, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I don't ever remember her so happy on wash days."

You are invited to the Opening of “Pin-up Women” Feb 27th, 5:30-8 pm. The photography exhibition examines the charm, individuality, abstract forms and eco-futurism of the laundry line with work featuring Ann Arbor Women Artists artists Susan Lawless, Sophie Grillet, Daniela Gobetti and Sally Silvennoinen. The show runs through April 24th M-F 9-5 at the Argus Museum, 525 W William, Ann Arbor 48103 (734) 769 0770.

Posted a new album on Flickr that shows the Retirement Fund for 1955. This booklet was donated by Hebert Pfabe Jr.https:...
02/13/2020
Profit-Sharing Annual Statement of 1955

Posted a new album on Flickr that shows the Retirement Fund for 1955. This booklet was donated by Hebert Pfabe Jr.
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Donated by Hebert G. Pfabe, Jr. Originally owned by Hebert Pfabe Sr.

We just uploaded Richard DeMara's Mackinac Bridge photos to Flickr! We have some of them on display in the museum but no...
02/07/2020
Richard DeMara's Mackinac Bridge

We just uploaded Richard DeMara's Mackinac Bridge photos to Flickr! We have some of them on display in the museum but now you can see all 100!
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Richard DeMara was a former employee at Argus. He left to join the construction crew building Mackinac Bridge. While working, he took his Argus camera and documented the building process and opening on the bridge.

“Pin-up Women”Upcoming event: Feb 27th, Opening 5:30-8 pmThe photography exhibition examines the charm, individuality, a...
01/28/2020

“Pin-up Women”

Upcoming event: Feb 27th, Opening 5:30-8 pm

The photography exhibition examines the charm, individuality, abstract forms and eco-futurism of the laundry line with work featuring Ann Arbor Women Artists artists Susan Lawless, Sophie Grillet, Daniela Gobetti and Sally Silvennoinen.

The show runs through April 24th M-F 9-5 at the Argus Museum, 525 W William, Ann Arbor 48103 (734) 769 0770.

check this out:https://www.donttakepictures.com/dtp-blog/2019/1/17/victorian-women-photographers-with-their-cameras?rq=v...
01/12/2020
Victorian Women Photographers with Their Cameras — Don't Take Pictures - Don't Take Pictures

check this out:
https://www.donttakepictures.com/dtp-blog/2019/1/17/victorian-women-photographers-with-their-cameras?rq=victorian+women+photographers&fbclid=IwAR0kG4b01HAl1VtA8aoI87mufxExurSZ5Qeh8oHRq6NnTUdYSs1yfFJXMjQ

Few women’s names are found among the list of photography’s early pioneers. Although they are largely absent from art history text books, a significant number of women photographers from the Victorian and Edwardian periods were acclaimed in their day. The first women commercial photographers wer...

Hey Everyone! Intern Ashley here. I need some help identify a couple people in this ACG 2011 photo taken at Yankee Air. ...
01/10/2020
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Hey Everyone! Intern Ashley here. I need some help identify a couple people in this ACG 2011 photo taken at Yankee Air. I recognize some of your from the last two conferences but not everyone. If someone would help with the rest, that'd by great!

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2011 Argus Collectors Group Conference visit to Yankee Air

Our new Flickr account is currently up and running. Not everything is online yet or edited but you are more than welcome...
01/03/2020
Argus Museum

Our new Flickr account is currently up and running. Not everything is online yet or edited but you are more than welcome to flip through what is currently up. We will need help identifying people in some photos not just for Flickr but for the museum database as well.

Make sure you share the link with everyone! 😁

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Explore Argus Museum's 211 photos on Flickr!

12/26/2019

Year end update: Our intern put a lot of work in before leaving for a short holiday break. She is currently working on uploading images to our new Flickr account. When everything is squared away, we will post a link for everyone to see.

We will also be setting up PastPerfect Online so our images will be available in two places instead of one.

When Flickr becomes available we will kindly be asking for peoples assistance in identifying people in our images, mostly those from the 1988 Reunion and such.

You everyone had a great holiday and we look forward to the New Year! 📸

Happy Holidays to our Argus Family & Friends!
12/23/2019

Happy Holidays to our Argus Family & Friends!

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season and a healthy New Year. Share your memories and adventures with your Argus Camer...
12/16/2019

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday season and a healthy New Year. Share your memories and adventures with your Argus Camera and you could be featured on our Instagram.

12/03/2019

Our last Giving Tuesday request is for donations towards general supplies.

We could use more archival things like bags, envelopes, and boxes. Our intern is requesting photo negative cleaner and Q-tips to make digitizing easier.

You can make out checks to Washtenaw County Historical Society (WCHS).

We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season! ♥

-Argus

12/03/2019

Another thing we are looking to acquire is another, or more, external hard drive.

Our intern is currently working on digitizing photographs and other archival materials. We would like to have multiple back up files saved. Currently, we only have everything on one external hard drive.

You can make out checks to Washtenaw County Historical Society (WCHS).
Or donate on our website

http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php?section=home&content=donate

12/03/2019

Happy Giving Tuesday! This year the Argus Museum is asking for donations to put toward some essential things. One of our biggest needs right now is a new shelf for the basement.

Currently, our intern is experience some electrical problems in the basement. We have a large shelf that is holding some of our collection in front of the fuse box. We would like to move this shelf to the other storage area in the basement and place a smaller shelf so the fuse box is readily available. It is not something we can get off Amazon. We will have to shop around and get a good, sturdy shelf.

If you'd like to help out, please send in your donation, made out to WCHS.

12/03/2019

Don't forget, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.

Name that movie?
11/15/2019

Name that movie?

The Argus Museum & Argus Collectors Group recently lost another friend. Many remember that Sherry Fassin Da Roza was a d...
11/06/2019

The Argus Museum & Argus Collectors Group recently lost another friend. Many remember that Sherry Fassin Da Roza was a dedicated ACG reader and sometimes poster of messages. She joined the group after corroborating with her mom Elsie (now deceased) and Pam Buckley and Mike Reitsma on The Gustave Fassin Scrapbook. (Fassin played a key role in the development and design of early Argus Products.) Those who knew her understood that her connection to her grandpa Gustave was one of the things that gave her joy in life, and her presence here was a facet of that.

She passed away late in September, at the age of 63.

The Argus Museum/WCHS and the Argus Collectors Group (ACG)  lost a dear friend. Art Dersham, a former Argus employee, pa...
11/04/2019

The Argus Museum/WCHS and the Argus Collectors Group (ACG) lost a dear friend. Art Dersham, a former Argus employee, passed away October 25. Some of you had met Art - he participated in several Argus Museum/ACG conferences - and appreciated his knowledge and enthusiasm of Argus and his kindness and sense of humor. His obituary can be found at:: https://memorials.niefuneralhomes.com/arthur-dersham/4005456/index.php
Art participated in an Ann Arbor District Library interview with other former Argus employees. The interview is posted at: . https://aadl.org/node/218815
He will be missed.

11/03/2019
Cameraderie: Argus C3

Cameraderie: Argus C3

Jimmy Carter used one of these during his time in the Navy. It feels like a brick in the hand. A brick of pure satisfaction.

The story behind Patsy Cline’s ‘last photograph has an Argus connection. Charlie Dick, Cline’s husband said the photo re...
11/01/2019

The story behind Patsy Cline’s ‘last photograph has an Argus connection. Charlie Dick, Cline’s husband said the photo represented “the most beautiful picture that girl ever had made.”

Unlike many photos taken by country music fans, often taken from a distant audience perspective, the “last photograph” had been exposed at close range, with the camera positioned at a slightly upward angle by the 4-feet-11 inch-tall Mildred Keith. She took the photo on March 3, 1963 with her Argus Argoflex 75, a gift from her husband, Donald. Tragically, Cline lost her life in a plane accident on March 5, 1963.

Many photos taken by country music fans during the early 1960s were taken on black-and-white film. However, Keith’s Argus Argoflex 75 accommodated 620 roll color film. That film, when used with a flash attachment for interior photos – like the Cline photo – produced superior results.

The Patsy Cline “Last Photograph” negative is kept in a local bank safe deposit box. The camera used to take that photo, meanwhile, is literally a museum piece.Her sons Rex and Don, with wives Barbara and Georgetta, in 2015 drove to Winchester to donate the Argus Argoflex 75 to the Patsy Cline Historic House, the restored home where Cline lived as a teenager and young woman, and where the camera is today on exhibit.

“We didn’t want to mail it,” Don said, “so we drove the camera out there.“This will tell you how much they appreciated it. We went in and the guy came out right away and started talking to us about the camera. We had it in a little grocery sack. I set the sack down on the table.

“He reached in his pocket and pulled out these white gloves. Then he carried the camera over to where they had the Patsy Cline picture and he put the camera right up next to it. The picture and the camera. “Made me feel good.”-

We would like to share just a few memories of this year's conference - thank you to all who attended - the event wouldn'...
10/23/2019

We would like to share just a few memories of this year's conference - thank you to all who attended - the event wouldn't be possible without you!

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10/19/2019

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525 W William St
Ann Arbor, MI
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Spotted on the FB Page "The Vault of the Atomic Space Age" HAPPY NEW YEAR ARGONAUTS!
Check out Mike Eckman's blog - the article is part one of a series...
Today is Argus Day! The original 'take your Argus camera with you' day, created in 2001 by James M. Surprenant, Marcy Merrill and members of the Argus Collectors Group. Each consecutive Argus Day falls one year and one day after the previous. Thus, Argust 1st was 8/1/2001 and Argust 2nd was 8/2/2002. This year, Argus Day is Argust 19. You are encouraged to grab your favorite Argus Camera, load it and carry it with you wherever you would go. Take photographs during the day and then submit jpegs of your two favorite images for posting on the ACG site (http://www.arguscg.org/) by sending them as email attachments to wesley at megley .com
FAMILY PICTURES USA project is creating “a new purpose for the family photo album…as an integral part of our collective social and cultural history”. Check out the documentary trailer:
John Cantu, who has reviewed Argus Museum photography exhibitions in the past, wrote a great review of the current exhibit, “Dear Grandpaw”, work by Matthew Provoast: https://pulp.aadl.org/node/395778. It’s worth a visit to check it out.
Registration is now open for the 2019 ACG/Argus Museum Fall Conference. You don’t want to miss this one! We have some interesting presentations, unique field trips and really good food lined up for you. Hope to see many of you this fall in Ann Arbor! The schedule/registration form is available at:http://washtenawhistory.org/images/pdf-2019_argus_collectors_group_ann_arbor_fall_conference__registration_form.pdf
Here is an Argus C3 I found with a U.S. Army Air Forces case
Does anyone know who was the (industrial) designer responsible for the class Argus Seventy Five?
Hello, I have over 850 slides in Argus #581 trays. Can anyone tell me which projector these trays fit and where I might find one. I believe they are compatible with the 500 series projectors. I just remember as a child that the projector came with a remote. I think it could be the Arugs Electromatic 560 I am looking for but not positive. Any help will be greatly appreciated.