Major events of the year 1951. A disastrous train accident in New Jersey, United States claims 85 lives. Derailed train and wreckage on the ground after the accident. Dead body. Swollen rivers cause devastating floods in Kansas and Missouri killing 40 people and rendering many homeless. People wade through flood waters. Houses and cars submerged in water.
Commercial advertisement for the new 1951 Ford Sedan automobile. Setting is a suburban neighborhood post-war. Woman leaves a house with her children. They all get into their 1951 Ford Custom Fordor sedan automobile. The children bounce on the car seat. View of Ford car seat springs tested by an automatic machine at Dearborn test facility. A car door hooked up to motor which continuously slams and opens the door. Car on the Dearborn Michigan test track, replica of Independence Hall in the background. Test car goes over steep hill, and cobble stones. The 1951 Ford is then seen in the Southwest United States, on a mountain road and a desert road. Label on side of car reads, 'Ford Test Car' View of speedometer. The new car arrives at an amusement park. Children get out of the car and run towards a merry-go-round. Ford emblem on front of car. Narrator stating "You can pay more, but you can't buy better."
New 1951 Ford test car comes over the crest of a hill, being driven through deep mud, in deep water, and over cobble stones, on the Ford Dearborn Michigan test track. View of test driver at the wheel. Test car hits hard bumps. View of Ford's 'Automatic Ride Control' suspension on test track and in the Ford laboratory. View of suspension attached to drive train in laboratory with view of suspension spring. 1951 Ford being tested over desert road in Southwest United States. New 1951 Ford convertible in showroom.
The United States sends aircraft to enable Iran to spray against a locust plague, in 1951. Iranian farmers are seen trying to cope with a plague of locusts, seen covering everytning in sight. The farmers chase them with cloths and use watering cans to dispense chemicals. A DC-4 transport aircraft taxis in after landing in Iran. The aircraft carries several small Piper Super Cub 135 airplanes and a croip duster, all equipped for aerial spraying. View of Piper Cub being removed from the DC-4. A bi-wing crop duster airplane being assembled. Several Super Cub aircraft flying low and spraying against locusts. (Note: The DC-4 aircraft is owned by United States Overseas Airlines, a non-scheduled air carrier based in Cape May New Jersey, that was contracted to combat the locust plague. The project was undertaken as part of President Truman's Point Four Program. approved by the United States Congress on June 5, 1950 in the Foreign Economic Assistance Act. )
Wind swept forest fire destroys thousands of acres of woods near the Atlantic City in New Jersey, United States. Fire fighters work day and night to fight the blazing forest inferno.
Newsreel clip previewing Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees at spring training prior to 1951 baseball season. The defending National League champion Phillies trained that year in Clearwater Florida. Players pose under sign that reads "Home of the Fightin' Phlilies." Shot of team owner Robert Carpenter and manager Eddie Sawyer. Shots of pitchers Robin Roberts, Jim Konstanty and Bubba Church warming up. Hitters seen in batting cage include Willie Jones, Eddie Waitkus and Andy Seminick. Clip shifts to Yankees' spring training in Phoenix, Arizona, where team holds up numbers and letters reading "1950 Champs" to mark their victory over the Phillies in the World Series. Manager Casey Stengel puts on cowboy hat and strikes a funny pose for the camera. Yankee players also don the hats, including 1950 American League MVP Phil Rizzuto and soon-to-be 1951 MVP Yogi Berra. Stengel talks with group of six Yankee rookies, including future Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle at far right. Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio points bat at camera, smiles by batting cage.