Dionne Quintuplet Dolls

CMC S89-1843; PCD 94-686-021

Made by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, New York, ca. 1935; composition bodies and heads, cotton clothing; 19 cm. high
CMC 981.6.1.1-5

The birth of quintuplets to a rural family in a small Ontario town, in 1934, caused an international sensation that was to shape the future of the five identical girls. The Dionne Quints were raised like princesses for the first nine years of their lives. Tourists from all over North America flocked to watch the girls playing in a park created for their use.

Those who could not visit Quintland could buy Quint-endorsed products. Among the most popular products were Dionne Quintuplet dolls, of which the only authorized versions were made by the Madame Alexander Doll Company. They came in sets of five, of course, each doll sometimes being identified with a necklace or pin bearing the quint's name. The dolls in the Museum's set, representing the girls at about the age of two, closely resemble them and are even dressed in what was said to be each child's favourite colour.