This Argus camera timeline is mainly based on the book Argomania by Henry J. Gambino. Rebadged cameras not manufactured by Argus are not included. Pictures, unless otherwise specified, have been kindly provided by the Ann Arbour District Library and published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
1936
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0065
Kadette Model 35 (1936)
Before making cameras, Argus began as a radio manufacturer named International Radio Corporation (IRC).
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0031 Argus A (1936-1941)
35mm viewfinder camera with fixed-focus lens.

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1937 http://www.aadl.org/argus_af Argus AF (1937-1938)
35mm viewfinder camera with focusing mount.
Argus B (1937)
As Argus A but with Prontor shutter, very rare.
1938 http://www.aadl.org/argus_c Argus C (1938-1939)
35mm camera with non-coupled rangefinder.

US2176621, US2298787, Des.110516
http://www.aadl.org/argus_argus_c2-early-10_speed Argus C2 (1938-1942)
Same as Argus C but with coupled rangefinder.

US2176621, US2298787, US2397546
1939
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0067
Argus A2 / A2B (prewar) (1939-1942)
With an extinction-type exposure meter and fixed-focus lens. Production resumed after the war.

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http://www.aadl.org/argus_a2f Argus A2F (1939-1941)
With an extinction-type exposure meter and focusing mount.

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http://www.aadl.org/argus_c3-metric_focusing_scale
Argus C3 (prewar) (1939-1942)
Same as Argus C2 but with flash synchronization. Production resumed after the war.

US2176621, US2298787, US2397546, US2298107
http://www.aadl.org/argus_m Argus M (1939-1940)
Viewfinder camera for 828 film.

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Argus D (1939)
35mm viewfinder camera with spring motor drive, it was never sold.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_model_k Argus K (1939-1940)
Like Argus D but without spring motor drive, very rare.
1940 http://www.aadl.org/argus_aa Argus AA Argoflash (1940-1942)
Like Argus A but with flash synchronization.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_cc Argus CC Colorcamera (1940-1942)
35mm viewfinder camera with a selenium exposure meter.

US2357328, Des.127995
http://www.aadl.org/argus_a3_x Argus A3 (1940-1942)
Like Argus CC but with an extinction-type exposure meter.

US2378406, US2357328, Des.127996
http://www.aadl.org/argus_argoflex_e Argoflex E (prewar) (1940-1942)
6×6 TLR camera for 120 and 620 film.
Body made of plastic. Production resumed after the war.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0064 Argus PA Slide Projector (1940s)
Unlike earlier slide projectors made by other companies and sold under the Argus brand name, the Argus PA Slide Projector was the first made by Argus in Ann Arbour.

US2364627, US2361398, Des.132852
1941
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1945
http://www.aadl.org/argus_eyes
World War II
During the war Argus ceased civilian production and contributed to the war effort by making military equipment. Argus won the Army-Navy "E" award five times for high production quality.
1946 http://www.aadl.org/argus_a2b Argus A2 / A2B (postwar) (1946-1950)
Postwar version of the Argus A2 / A2B with coated lens.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0038
Argus C3 (postwar) (1946-1958)
Postwar version of the Argus C3 with coated lens.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_argoflex_e-2
Argoflex E (postwar) (1946-1948)
Postwar version of the Argoflex E with coated lens and only for 620 film.
1947 http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0068 Argus 21 Markfinder (1947-1952)
35mm camera with bright-line viewfinder.

US2655847, US2532300, Des.150228
http://www.aadl.org/argus_camro_28 Argus 19 / Minca 28 /
Camro 828 / Delco 828
(1947-1948)
Postwar versions of the Argus M for 828 film.

US2358321, US2537110
Argoflex II (1947-1948)
6×6 TLR camera with automatic film wind which didn't work properly and was soon discontinued. Very rare. Body made of metal.

US2544647, US2563811, Des.150230
1948
http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19480703-Argoflex_Case_Now_Aluminum
Argoflex EM (1948)
Like Argoflex II but without the automatic film wind.

US2544647, US2563811, Des.150230
http://www.aadl.org/argus_argoflex_ef_front_and_back Argoflex EF (1948-1951)
Like Argoflex EM but with flash hot shoe.

US2544647, US2563811, Des.150230
1949 http://www.aadl.org/argus_75 Argoflex / Argus Seventy-Five (1949-1958)
6×6 pseudo TLR camera with fixed-focus lens.

US2664799, Des.154850
1950 http://www.aadl.org/argus_fa_with_case Argus FA (1950-1951)
Postwar version of the Argus A with flash synchronization.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_argoflex_40 Argoflex 40 / Argus 40 /
Argoflex Model
(1950-1954)
6×6 pseudo TLR camera with focusing lens.

US2664799, Des.154850
1951 http://www.aadl.org/argus_c4-early Argus C4 (1951-1957)
35mm rangefinder camera.
1953 http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0061 Argus A-Four (1953-1956)
35mm viewfinder camera.

Des.174429
1954 http://www.aadl.org/argus_super_75_with_flash Argus Super Seventy-Five (1954-1958)
Simplified and less expensive Argoflex 40 version.

US2664799, Des.154850
1956 http://www.aadl.org/argus_c44 Argus C44 (1956-1957)
Same as Argus C4 but with interchangeable lenses through a bayonet mount.

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http://www.aadl.org/argus_c20 Argus C-Twenty (1956-1958)
Updated version of the Argus A-Four with coupled rangefinder.

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1958 http://www.aadl.org/argus_c3_colormatic-postwar-5_speed Argus C3 Standard (1958-1966)
Redesigned Argus C3, in this picture with an accessory exposure meter.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kratz/881564952 Argus C3 Match-Matic (1958-1966)
Same as C3 Standard but with beige and black finish, EV scale and a non-coupled LC3 exposure meter.

Picture by John Kratz (CC BY-NC-SA)
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0075 Argus C3 Golden Shield (1958-?)
Same as C3 Match-Matic but with silver finish.
http://www.aadl.org/argus_0024 Argus C4R (1958)
Like Argus C4 but with a wind lever and rewind crank.

US3061222, US3061223
http://www.aadl.org/argus_c44r_outfit Argus C44R (1958-1962)
Same as Argus C44 but with a film wind lever and rewind crank.

US3061222, US3061223
http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0043 Argus 75 (1958-1964)
6×6 pseudo TLR camera with fixed-focus lens.

US2664799, Des.154850
1959 http://www.aadl.org/argus_c33 Argus C33 (1959-1961)
35mm rangefinder camera with accessory CM2 selenium exposure meter.
1960 http://www.aadl.org/argus_autronic_i Argus Autronic 35 / Autronic C3 (1960-1962)
Autronic I (1960-1963)
35mm rangefinder camera with selenium exposure meter and automatic exposure control.

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1962 http://www.aadl.org/argus_autronic_ii Argus Autronic II (1962-1965)
Same as Autronic I but with a bright-line finder and a different design.


Prototypes


- http://www.aadl.org/argus_museum_0041 Argus Model 12 (prototype)
Folding 35mm rangefinder camera, probably developed between the late 1940s and early 1950s.
- http://www.aadl.org/argus_c5_prototype Argus C5 (prototype)
35mm rangefinder camera with variable viewfinder, probably developed in the 1950s.
-
http://www.google.com/patents/USD122020
Design for a photographic camera
US Design 122020, filed in 1940.
Never produced.
-
http://www.google.com/patents/USD178365
Design for a stereo camera
US Design 178365, filed in 1956.
Never produced.

Links



Bibliography

GAMBINO, Henry J. Argomania: A Look At Argus Cameras And The Company That Made Them. Aeone Communications, Doylestown (Pennsylvania), 2005. ISBN 0-9770507-0-X.

GAMBINO, Henry. The Argus Museum: Ann Arbor's Hidden Treasure.
Available here: Gambino-ArgusMuseum.pdf [Hosted with author's consent].

KUZYK, Hrad. 35mm For The Proletariat: A Modern User's Guide To The Argus A/A2 Camera. Hrad Kuzyk, 2007. ISBN 0615144888.
Available at http://theargusa.com/Book.htm

LAHUE, Kalton C. and BAILEY, Joseph. Glass, Brass, & Chrome. The American 35mm Miniature Camera. University of Oklahoma Press, Oklahoma, 2002. ISBN 0-8061-3434-8.



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