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Need a bracer? Then read this story of a blind girl who runs three jobs and is happier than a deb or a movie star. Bernice demostrates the ability of a blind person to get around and make her own living if the will to win is there …William F. McDermott,Chicago Daily News Figure BERNICE CLIFTON and Her Seeing Eye Dog, KARLA One of the Most Remarkable Attractions on the American Platform Her human interest stories, her courage for every day life, her humor, her excellent delivery, made her program one of the highlights of the season. A mixed audience of over 1200 were thrilled and challenged by her message.—Chautauqua Lake, N. Y., Women's Club. THE REDPATH BUREAU Kimball Building Chicago 4, Ill. Phone: Harrison 8723 40 Depot Plaza, White Pains, N.Y.Tel. 2926 BERNICE CLIFTON and Her Seeing Eye Dog, KARLA BERNICE CLIFTON and her Seeing-Eye dog, Karla, a pure bred German Shepherd, have been greeted by enthusiastic audiences everywhere. Not only has she made a great record as a lecture attraction, but during the war, also, made a distinct contribution to the American Red Cross, serving in the canteen corps, knitting sweaters, and last, but not least, giving words of encouragement to the mentally and physically afflicted soldiers, particularly men of the air corps. She told these men, as she tells her audiences, that a handicap is not the end of the world for those who have it, but is the realization of a fuller life than they have ever known existed. At Chautauqua Lake, N. Y., she spoke to a capacity audience in Norton Hall. In Springfield, Illinois, it was necessary for the Woman's Club to move to a larger hall to accommodate the overflow crowd that came to hear her. V. Y. Dallman (Admiral) devoted his whole column Lighter Vein in the Springfield State Register to Miss Clifton on the day following her appearance, heading the column—SPRINGFIELD WOMEN STIRRED TO NEW VISION BY A TOTALLY BLIND GIRL AND HER SEEING-EYE DOG! Many more instances could be cited. From the San Francisco Examiner A lecture tour of 10,000 miles during a year is far from being unusual, but when made by a young blind woman accompanied only by her dog, it is a remarkable tribute to human courage and canine intelligence. Miss Clifton, young and attractive Oak Park, Illinois woman, refuses to consider herself remarkable, however. She sees nothing unusual, also, in the fact that last week she was called in as consultant by a Chicago store to design ideas for window displays. I was an interior decorator and window designer before I lost my sight through an accident, she explained. I did most of my work from imagination then as I do now. Lecture Subjects Is Your Ceiling Unlimited? Creative mind pays no attention to the failures of yesterday, and if tearing down today suggests a way for better building tomorrow, then that becomes the program. Me and My Shadow Believing that freedom is the ultimate of life itself, Miss Clifton relates how she has cast off the so-called shadow of blindness made possible by her association with Karla, her lovely canine shadow. The Value of a Handicap Miss Clifton considers losing her eyesight a physical inconvenience rather than a handicap. It has been the means of broadening her horizon and this effective philosophy has turned a liability into an asset. Karla and I Two interesting individuals‐the story of their recent experiences and of the fascinating work being done by dogs in war. If desired as an additional feature, Miss Clifon includes her 16mm motion picture which graphically shows the important part Karla plays while guiding her mistress with the utmost dexterity. Enthusiastic Approval of Miss Clifton and Karla PROGRAM, New York City The luncheon (APG-Chicago) was a brilliant one. Bernice Clifton, who was brought to the meeting by her Seeing-Eye dog, Karla, quite stole the show. Women's Club, Dubuque, Iowa, Mrs. Anthony Eberhart Dubuque women found Miss Clifton all and more than they expected. Her talk was interesting, well-delivered and colorful. She herself, made a very fine impression because of her well-groomed appearance and her taste in dress, plus her sincerity. Bay View Assembly, Bay View, Mich. Bernice Clifton went over splendidly. The general feeling of the public was that it was the most inspiring talk of many numbers. Lakeside Assembly, Lakeside, Ohio We were very well pleased with her. MacAlester College, St. Paul, Minn., C. E. Fisher Had excellent attention of our audience of 800. She is a delightful person to meet and know. Miss Clifton would be rated as one of our most popular convocation speakers. Woman's Club, Peoria, Ill., Pearl H. McComber Everyone was delighted with Miss Clinton and her philosophy of life. She was so natural that it was difficult to realize that she is blind. Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa Excellent. Her program went over well. Pupils and teachers were enthusiastic over her and her dog. Her greatest contribution was, however, her indomitable and courageous spirit, and her practical but ideal philosophy of life. Rosedale Park Woman's Club, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Harold E. Belles Excellent. She was simply charming and proved a great inspiration to all of us. Goodwyn Institute, Memphis, Tenn., J. B. George Inspiring and encouraging. Her effective philosophy shows that handicaps can be changed from liabilities to assets. Lions Club, Memphis, Tenn., Carlos G. Wilson One of the finest programs we have ever enjoyed! To express it in words of one of the members, No sermon could have been better. Technical H. S., Omaha, Nebraska, Carl F. Hansen Excellent! Program exceptionally well-received by both pupils and faculty. Anderson H. S., Anderson, Indiana, Geo. H. Davis Very favorable. Our student body of 2400 students gave Miss Clifton and Karla very close attention. Miss Clifton was a real inspiration to all who heard her. Vocational School, Wausau, Wis., Eiffel Holm Unusually well received by her audience and she held it every minute of the hour. She is a charming person to meet and talk with. We gladly recommend her to any audience. Stout Institute, Menomonie, Wis. Received by an audience which was enthusiastic and sympathetic. Springfield, Ill., State Register, V. Y. Dallman Thanks to the Woman's Club for one of the greatest guides to civic vision in the New Year—the vision of a blind girl and her dog!
|Title||Bernice Clifton: and her seeing eye dog, Karla|
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|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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