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Details about  ORIGINAL Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet ( Quint ) Baby Dress and Slip (#24)

ORIGINAL Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet ( Quint ) Baby Dress and Slip (#24) See original listing
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ORIGINAL Dionne Quintuplet Baby Dress with Slip (item #24)

This dress is missing it's tagged tag, so it can go on Annette, Emilie, Cecille, Yvonne, or Marie.

Also included is it's original Madame Alexander slip.

This item fits the 8" Dionne baby doll manufactured by Madame Alexander

I consider this dress and slip to be in fair shape with some small holes and splits!

I have lighly washed and pressed this item.  


 Shipping is $7.00 (Priority Mail with insurance & delivery confirmation)

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History of the Dionne's:

The Dionne quintuplets (born May 28, 1934) are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario.

The Dionne girls were born two months premature.

After four months with their family, they were made wards of the King for the next nine years under the Dionne Quintuplets' Guardianship Act, 1935. The government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario.

The quintuplets

The identical quintuplet sisters were (in order of birth):

  • Yvonne Édouilda Marie Dionne (died of cancer)
  • Annette Lillianne Marie Dionne (Allard)
  • Cécile Marie Émilda Dionne (Langlois)
  • Émilie Marie Jeanne Dionne (died of accidental suffocation during an epileptic seizure at her convent)
  • Marie Reine Alma Dionne (Houle) (died of an apparent blood clot of the brain)

Émilie and Marie shared an embryonic sac (and were mirror twins), Annette and Yvonne shared an embryonic sac, and it is believed that Cécile shared an embryonic sac with the sixth fetus who was miscarried. Interestingly, each girl became emotionally the closest to whomever they shared a sac with; Cécile tended to be alone the most.

Other interesting facts; all but Émilie were/are right-handed; all but Marie have/had a counter-clockwise whorl in their hair.

Émilie had a series of seizures while she was a postulant in a convent. She had asked not to be left unattended, but the nun who was supposed to be watching her thought she was asleep and went to Mass. Emilie had another seizure, rolled onto her stomach and, unable to raise her face from a pillow, accidentally suffocated.

Marie was living alone in an apartment and her sisters were worried because they hadn't heard from her in several days. Annette's husband, Germain Allard, broke down the window and found Marie, who had been dead for days. The coroner determined it was a blood clot in the brain.

The Dionne family

The family, headed by father Oliva (1903–1979) and mother Elzire Dionne (1909–1986), married on September 15, 1926. They lived just outside of Corbeil, in a farmhouse in unregistered territory.

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The Dionnes were a farming family with five previous children named Ernest (1926–1995), Rose Marie (1928–1995), Thérèse (b. 1929), Daniel (1932–1995), and Pauline (b. 1933), who was only eleven months older than the quints. A sixth, son Léo (b. 1930), died of pneumonia shortly after birth.

The Dionnes also had 3 sons after the quintuplets. Oliva Jr. (b. 1936), Victor (1938–2007), and Claude (b. 1946).


Elzire suspected she was carrying twins, but no one was aware that quintuplets were even possible. The quintuplets were born two months premature. In 1938, the doctors had a theory that was later proved when genetic tests showed that the girls were indeed identical and were created from one single egg cell. Elzire reported having had cramps in her third month and passing a strange object which may have been a sixth fetus.

Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe

Doctor Allan Roy Dafoe OBE was a Canadian obstetrician, best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets, the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy. He is credited with the birth of the quintuplets. Originally, he diagnosed Elzire with a "fetal abnormality". He delivered the babies with the help of two midwives, Aunt Donalda and Madam Benoit Lebel, who were summoned by Oliva Dionne in the middle of the night.

The births were registered in nearby Corbeil. Their weight and measurements were not recorded. The quintuplets were immediately wrapped in cotton sheets and old napkins and laid in the corner of the bed. Dr. Dafoe was certain none of the babies could live. Shortly after the births were completed, Elzire went into shock and Dafoe thought she would die as well, but she recovered in two hours.

The babies were kept in an ordinary wicker basket borrowed from the neighbors, with heated blankets. They were brought into the kitchen and set by the open door of the stove to keep warm. One by one, they were taken out of the basket and massaged with olive oil. Every two hours, for the first twenty-four, they were fed water sweetened with corn syrup. By the second day they were moved to a slightly larger laundry basket, and kept warm with hot-water bottles. They were watched constantly and often had to be roused. They were then fed with "seven-twenty" formula; that is, cow's milk, boiled water, two spoonfuls of corn syrup, and one or two drops of rum for a stimulant.

The news of the unusual birth spread quickly, sparked by Oliva's brother's inquiry to the local newspaper editor about how much he would charge for an announcement of five babies at a single birth. Before long, people all over North America were offering assistance. Individuals sent supplies and well-meant advice (a famous letter from Appalachia recommends tiny doses of burnt rye whiskey to prevent diarrhoea); one hospital sent two incubators.







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