Reconstruction after floods in Hartford, Connecticut. Aerial view of the flooded city. Houses submerged in water. Gas tanks in water. Flood refugees eating at a long table. The refugees in a temporary shelter.
The Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation Plant in Hartford, Connecticut. Workers manufacture constant speed full-feathering propellers in the plant. Columns of standing propellers. Men work on various machines. Workers use machines to curve the contours of the hydraulic propellers. They smooth the bushings, polish the blades, and check for variable pitch and blade angles. The finished propellers are moved on wheeled dollies for storage.
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt on his way to 3rd 'campaign' speech in Boston. He is greeted by a large crowd in Hartford, Connecticut. The President addresses the crowd. People take cover under umbrellas. A group of people waves to the President. The President speaks into a microphone from an open car. Other officials seated with the President in the car. A procession of cars moves along a street. President Roosevelt inspects Pratt & Whitney airplane engine factory. A crowd assembled on a street.
Training for mentally retarded. A mildly retarded boy is trained to use a high powered saw. His instructor observes from the other side of the table and handles the saw. The retarded boy appreciates the patience of his supervisor. Several mentally retarded girls eat food in the dining room of a hostel, in Hartford, Connecticut, run by the Mansfield Training School. A girl enters a room and sits on a bed. Two other girls enter behind her and sit. The girl does her hair in front of a mirror. The two other girls read magazines. A group of girls in a room. The Director, Office of Mental Retardation, Mr Schmikel speaks. A mentally retarded boy.
Five Hot air balloons preparing for a race from Catalina Island, to the mainland, California. Views of gas tanks and flames that create the hot air for the balloons. Participant, Barbara R. Keith,a 42 year old grandmother, from Hartford, Connecticut, seen wearing an inflatable life jacket and donning her helmet. She boards her balloon and tucks her goodluck mascot (a stuffed toy dog) into the gondola. she is seen rising in her balloon. Brief view of the ground and sightseers from a balloon about 50 feet in the air. Famed balloonist, Donald Louis Piccard, is seen igniting his heater and leaving the ground aboard his balloon. (Note: This was an ill fated venture. Only one balloonist successfully reached the mainland, California. The rest had to be rescued from the water. Mrs. Keith lost her life and her body was recovered days later.)
A map of Connecticut, on which Director Bert Schnikel points regional centers such as Hartford, New Haven and the Seaside Regional Center Waterford, on the Long Island Sound. Mr Fred F Finn, Director of Seaside Center points out the importance of family in a mentally retarded person's life. Volunteers take care of children. A volunteer helps a girl to take medicine. The volunteer strokes the face of the child. And the child makes faces. Children play outside on a tractor ride. People get into a car and the car drives away. Mentally retarded children from Mansfield and Southbury come to Seaside Regional Center for the Mentally Retarded to prepare for community life. A boy puts on a television and sits down to watch it. A woman hands things to a girl. Volunteers help children to walk. A mentally retarded girl holds a book in her hands. A postcard sent by a normal sibling of a mentally retarded boy. Children play in snow. A boy sits on a seat while a man bends. A mentally retarded boy plays with his brothers. A couple talks about their mentally retarded child while he sits nearby.