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Guiding friend
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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James B. Garfield was born on September 18, 1881. Garfield was a World War I veteran, a radio actor and personality, a philanthropist and advocate for the blind. He was born with vision problems and lost his eyesight completely in 1940. At the age of sixty, he acquired his first guide dog, worked in an aircraft plant and authored several books, including the acclaimed Follow My Leader. He was very active and instrumental in the creation of the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1947. He began his own radio program in 1947, "A Blind Man Looks at You" on KGFJ in Los Angeles that lasted for 15 years. He served two terms as secretary of the California Council of the Blind and was appointed to the State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind by three consecutive governors. Garfield died in 1984.
Photograph caption dated December 19, 1963 reads "Actress June Allyson and Terry York watch James B. Garfield, 82, perform with his new guide dog Beauty at the International Guiding Eyes graduation ceremonies Thursday. Behind Garfield is Jerry Plummer, who performs with Sassy." The article partially reads "International Guiding Eyes, 5431 Denny Ave., North Hollywood, has provided more than 300 dogs to the sightless since 1948."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Garfield, James B
Allyson, June,--1917-2006
York, Teri
International Guiding Eyes, Inc
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Television actors and actresses--United States
Singers--United States
Blind--California--Los Angeles
Blind--Services for--California--Los Angeles
Blindness--California--Los Angeles
Guide dog schools--California--Los Angeles
Guide dogs--California--Los Angeles
German shepherd dog--California--Los Angeles
Harnesses--California--Los Angeles
Lawns--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Sidewalks--California--North Hollywood (Los Angeles)
North Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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