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U.S. #1787
1979 15¢ Seeing Eye Dog
   
Issue Date: June 15, 1979
City: Morristown, New Jersey
Quantity: 161,860,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
U.S. #1787 was issued to honor the service of guide dogs to the blind. It was released during the 50th anniversary of the first guide dog program in the United States, Seeing Eye.
 

The Seeing Eye 

On January 29, 1929, the Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in the US, was established.

The seeing eye dog movement began in Europe in the 1920s.  At that time, American Dorothy Harrison Eustis was living in Switzerland and set up a breeding and training facility for German shepherds.  Working with a trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Jack Humphrey, she used a scientific method to train police dogs to be intelligent and responsible.

After World War I, many German soldiers returned home blinded or visually impaired.  This led to the creation of experimental schools that taught dogs helpful skills.  Eustis was impressed by these schools and wrote an article about them called “The Seeing Eye” for the November 5, 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

That article earned Eustis significant attention in America, with many people writing her to ask them to train a dog for them.  Among those people was Morris Frank, a 19-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee who had been blinded in two different accidents.  Frank sent Eustis a letter that caught her attention.  He said he hoped to get his own seeing eye dog to help spread awareness so he could later open a school to train guide dogs in the US. While she didn’t train guide dogs, Eustis was moved by Frank’s letter and wanted to help.

Eustis and Humphrey then began researching how to adapt their training to be utilized by the blind.  By April 1928, they had a dog trained for Frank, a female dog he named Buddy.  Together, they went through six weeks of training that helped them to bond and learn how to work together to travel busy streets, crowded stores, stairs, and anything else that might come up in Frank’s life.  The following year, Frank established The Seeing Eye in Nashville on January 29, 1929.  The first class was held the following month.

Initially, Frank faced some opposition, as many people were unsure how effective or safe it would be to have dogs leading people through public places.  The Seeing Eye also didn’t have funding and would need to hire trainers and find dogs. So Frank and Buddy embarked on a cross-country trip to campaign for the cause.  They succeeded in gaining support and understanding, and soon people began to accept the idea.  Frank’s efforts were also influential in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which would give people with service dogs full access to public places.

Eventually, The Seeing Eye moved to New Jersey because of the high temperatures in Nashville.  Today, the school operates on a 60-acre facility in Morris Township. Since its founding in 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered more than 16,000 dogs with blind or visually impaired people in the US and Canada.  Today it’s recognized as the first guide dog school in America and the oldest operating such school in the world.

Click here for more about The Seeing Eye on their website.

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U.S. #1787
1979 15¢ Seeing Eye Dog

 

 

Issue Date: June 15, 1979
City: Morristown, New Jersey
Quantity: 161,860,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11
Color: Multicolored
U.S. #1787 was issued to honor the service of guide dogs to the blind. It was released during the 50th anniversary of the first guide dog program in the United States, Seeing Eye.
 

The Seeing Eye 

On January 29, 1929, the Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in the US, was established.

The seeing eye dog movement began in Europe in the 1920s.  At that time, American Dorothy Harrison Eustis was living in Switzerland and set up a breeding and training facility for German shepherds.  Working with a trainer and geneticist Elliot S. Jack Humphrey, she used a scientific method to train police dogs to be intelligent and responsible.

After World War I, many German soldiers returned home blinded or visually impaired.  This led to the creation of experimental schools that taught dogs helpful skills.  Eustis was impressed by these schools and wrote an article about them called “The Seeing Eye” for the November 5, 1927 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

That article earned Eustis significant attention in America, with many people writing her to ask them to train a dog for them.  Among those people was Morris Frank, a 19-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee who had been blinded in two different accidents.  Frank sent Eustis a letter that caught her attention.  He said he hoped to get his own seeing eye dog to help spread awareness so he could later open a school to train guide dogs in the US. While she didn’t train guide dogs, Eustis was moved by Frank’s letter and wanted to help.

Eustis and Humphrey then began researching how to adapt their training to be utilized by the blind.  By April 1928, they had a dog trained for Frank, a female dog he named Buddy.  Together, they went through six weeks of training that helped them to bond and learn how to work together to travel busy streets, crowded stores, stairs, and anything else that might come up in Frank’s life.  The following year, Frank established The Seeing Eye in Nashville on January 29, 1929.  The first class was held the following month.

Initially, Frank faced some opposition, as many people were unsure how effective or safe it would be to have dogs leading people through public places.  The Seeing Eye also didn’t have funding and would need to hire trainers and find dogs. So Frank and Buddy embarked on a cross-country trip to campaign for the cause.  They succeeded in gaining support and understanding, and soon people began to accept the idea.  Frank’s efforts were also influential in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which would give people with service dogs full access to public places.

Eventually, The Seeing Eye moved to New Jersey because of the high temperatures in Nashville.  Today, the school operates on a 60-acre facility in Morris Township. Since its founding in 1929, The Seeing Eye has partnered more than 16,000 dogs with blind or visually impaired people in the US and Canada.  Today it’s recognized as the first guide dog school in America and the oldest operating such school in the world.

Click here for more about The Seeing Eye on their website.