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Contributions of Dan Cluley, Mike Reitsma, Curtis Riddick, Brian Waddell, and the Michigan Photographic Historical Society gratefully acknowledged. Establishing dates of manufacture for Argus cameras is an inexact art.
1941 Serial number: on a label inside above the film rails in the format "No. The range 500000 - 513250 is per published information.
Survey data so far support that but actual endpoints are unknown. Camera Index 1937 - 1938 Serial number: on a label inside above the film rails in the format "No.
Two variants of the front logo and film speed indicator exist.
The first cameras made when civilian production resumed in 1945 started with 0nnnn and proceeded upward from there to 1740000 in 1957.
Camera Index 1956 - 1957 Serial number: Stamped on the bottom, "00440" prefix.
The range 0044000000 - 0044085000 is per published information.
Any camera with a coated lens (whether labeled as such or not) was probably made in July 1946 or later.
* there is a large gap between 12nnnnn and 13nnnnn 1958 - 1966: Stamped on the bottom of the camera body as a ten-digit number.