This is another tease. It's a project I started several years ago before I, like most social scientists, was broken down by age and sex. I even posted some of these images in NO WORDS, and had intended to shoot with them. I still do, but in the midst of all the other troubles we are facing, it may take a while. Built by Argus of Ann Arbor, MI. You can't beat that for AMERICAN GREATNESS. Some of my best friends are at or from the University of Michigan there. I actually kind of like the early Arguses (there are differences among connoisseurs about the plural form). I have a copy of the Argus A, but the foam that passed for guides in the little gem has hardened and broke into powder when I tried to load film. It's made overall of plastic and tin. This camera and its successors, probably much more so than even the Leicas, were critical to creating a market for 35mm (24x36mm image) film. Argus A After considerable evolution and increases in sophistication in mechanical form, finally came the standard, the VW of 35mm cameras, the Argus C3. It was in production and being sold from 1939 to 1966! It is not exactly ergonomic, but it works, the lens is very decent, and the viewfinder/rangefinder is no worse than most of its contemporaries. It is fondly known as "the brick". Argus C3 One of the factors that helped its longevity was WWII. After the war, many camera-producing countries were in ruins, and it was almost as difficult to get cameras as to get a new 1948 Oldsmobile (my father's first post-war car). Argus had been involved in defense work, of course, but had this camera ready to restart without any of the false starts such as Perfex and all. Popular Photography 1943, December The company also made TLR cameras, and had started to introduce improvements of the C3 even before the war, but the pressures of the seller's market after the war meant they continued many products longer than they might otherwise have done. (My personal first car was a 1946 Chevrolet that was identical to the few 1942 models) The C4 was a non-interchangeable lens (there are fine points here(Geiss), but..) camera that was much more modern looking, at least, than the C3. It was very popular in the 1950s and Argus sold over 300,000 of them (Wiki). Argus C4 There are other variants and cameras made by Argus, but the main-line of the evolution, in my opinion. added interchangeable lenses to create the Argus C-44, here shown with its lenses, made by Steinheil, but branded Cintagon C44 and Steinheil-made lenses Someday, perhaps over the rainbow, I will shoot these and show examples, along with even more gearhead data.