In foreign minds, the image of a rich America dies hard. But in Maryland, one?
LV Traffic in Hagerstown street.
SV People in street.
SV "Bankruptcy Sale" sign over shop.
SV "For Sale or Lease" sign over shop.
CU Sign "Going out of business 1/2 off".
CU Sign "Positively no loafing".
CU Sign "Going out of business etc"
CU Poster "Fairchild Aircraft".
LV Planes on tarmac.
GV Aircraft factory exterior.
LV Interior ditto.
SV F. 27 transport plane under construction.
CU Sign "Division of Donable Foods".
CU Notices re foods etc.,
CU Packages of dry milk.
CU Sacks of rice,
SV Food given to man.
SV Man leaves welfare centre with food.
LV INT..Salvation Army centre-clothing etc.,
CU Woman gets clothes.
SV People getting relief at table.
CU Sign "Re Macks Trucks".
GV Macks Trucks plant being built.
SV Bulldozers etc., on plant.
TRAVEL SHOT..through dwelling houses.
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Background: In foreign minds, the image of a rich America dies hard. But in Maryland, one of the nation's depressed areas, a town is dying.
Its name is Hagerstown, in the northwest corner of the State. It is a town now of signs and bill-posters - mostly marked: For Sale. Homes for sale, Offices for sale.
Only 2, 000 people work at the local aircraft factory where once in the bloom days of light aircraft production 11,000 worked.
Six-thousand townspeople are without a job - fifteen per cent of the country's wage earners; that is, twice as much as the national unemployment average.
Assisting them is the County Welfare Board, supplying dried milk and other basic foods, while the Salvation Army distributes clothing.
Unemployment rose again in the U.S. last month, President Kennedy announced Feb 1. Earlier in his State of the Union message was the warning cry: Before things get better, they will get worse. Hagerstown knows the import of the platitude and puts its hope in the production of a new type of aircraft at the local factory, and in the opening of another factory for the mass productions of cars.