Back in April 2010, I wrote a blog post titled Dionne Quintuplets 101. Of all my antique-related blog posts, that post has generated the most contacts from people the world over. Often, folks think I'm an expert on Dionne Quint memorabilia and want me to give them an idea of the value of their Quint-related collectible. Sometimes I know the value of their item, and sometimes I don't. Just for the record, Dionne Quintuplet memorabilia isn't a specialty of mine. I just wanted to write a post about Dionne Quints once, like many other topics I've written about since I began my blog.
I found this book a while back and sold it in my antique mall booth. Be on the lookout for it if you are interested in the Dionne Quints' story and memorabilia:
According to WIkipedia, approximately 6,000 people a day watched the children play on the Dafoe Nursery Playground:
Well, it's good to know the children didn't have to play outside in the rain.....
Here is an image of a set of Dionne dolls reader Cindy sent to me, wondering about their value:
The parents of the quints eventually regained custody of them after several years in Dr. Dafoe's care. They continued to make promotional appearances and generated a lot of income by endorsing various products. Unfortunately, things at home may not have been a happy situation for the girls, who alleged that their father sexually abused them during their teenage years. They made the allegations many years after the fact, in the 1990's after their father had passed away.
There have been recent TV shows about multiples, such as "John and Kate Plus 8" and "Six Little McGhees" that have generated a lot of interest in multiple births. But consider this: the Dionne quints were identical, and conceived naturally, without fertility drugs. The Dionnes already had five older children. The chances of conceiving identical quintuplets are rare indeed!
Currently, there are two of the five Dionne Quints still living, Annette and Cecile, who would be 79 years old by now.