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.
The United States on alert in the beginning of World War II. A National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) meeting. The NAM President talks addresses the group. He talks about the national defense requirements and ways to meet the mass production. The Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine plant in Hartford, Connecticut. Workers in line arrive for work. Men work to manufacture engines for American bomber and fighter aircraft. Manufactured engine parts stacked in stands. U.S. Navy Curtiss-Wright CW-22Bs in flight. A naval task force underway at sea below. The ships advance amidst explosions.
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.