Pictured for sale is a May 28, 1937, Eight Page Sunday Supplement from the Allentown Chronicle and News of Allentown, Pennsylvania, that featured The Dionne Quintuplet's Third Birthday Party.
On May 28, 1934, in a small farm house in Northern Ontario, Canada, the world soon learned about the birth of the Dionne Quintuplets to Mr. and Mrs. Dionne. The little girls names were Annette, Cecile, Marie, Emilie and Yvonne.
**Condition: This supplement is in good- condition, clean and bright. There are some chipping and tiny to small tears along the edges. Also some longer tears are taped to keep from further tearing. The paper is yellowed from age otherwise it's clean and in nice condition.
This 8 page supplement measures 11" x 16 1/2".
~For those reading about the Dionne Quints for the very first time, here are some facts you'll find quite interesting: The couple lived on a very small farm in the back woods near Callander, Ontario, Canada. With Mr. Dionne earning $100.00 a year and being so poor the five little girls were placed under the control of an unprecedented guardianship created by the Province of Ontario, Canada, in hopes they could see that the children had a better chance of surviving. For the next seven years the Ontario government had control of the children seeing that they grew up healthy and well educated. After a new German style home for the entire family was built they then were allowed to leave the nursery where they lived for the past seven years to then be reunited with mom and dad and their brothers and sisters.
~The doctor who delivered them was Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and looked after them until he resigned. Dr. I. Joyal was selected as his replacement. Nurse Louise DeKiriline, Yvonne Leraux and Jacqueline Noel took care of the girls in the special nursery until they were sent home to their parents. During the time they lived in the nursery they only left one time. During those seven years the Ontario government turned the nursery into a tourist attraction where tourists could see and watch the girls in the nursery and watch them play outside when they got older. The Ontario government was criticized for turning it into a circus.
~Breast milk was shipped in and kept in a special refrigerated train car.All five had their tonsils and adenoids out at the same time. The companies that sponsored them were...Quick Mothers Oats, Palmolive Soap, Karo Syrup, and Baby Ruth Candy Bars, along with companies that made Dionne Quints children's clothing and toys for sale. In 1943 they visited the United States for the first time when they launched 5 freights in Superior, Wisconsin.
~Almost all the pictures found in newspapers were taken by Fred Davis from inside the nursery. At age 21 they would split $1,000,000 dollars. Only Lysol was ever used to clean their nursery. They were bathed daily in olive oil.
~The color painted pictures in books and magazines were done by artist Andy Loomis for 15 years without meeting them face to face. They starred in two movies, The Country Doctor and Five of a Kind. They visited with Queen Elizabeth on October 30, 1951. On May 28, 1952, they graduated from Villa Notre Dame High School, a private convent school..
If you collect items about the Dionne Quintuplet's, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading and seeing the pictures in this wonderful third birthday supplement from 1937.
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