1937 postcard Dionne Quints’ Doctor’s house Callander Ont.
Postmarked ‘Callander Sept. 18 37’.
Text from visiting tourist: “Dear Jean Arrived in Callander OK. It is raining hard now, but it is not so cold. Will see the Quints to-morrow expect. Good-bye Dad”.
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The Dionne Quintuplets (born May 28, 1934) are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. The identical sisters were born in Canada, just outside Callander, Ontario, near the village of Corbeil.
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.
Across the road from their birthplace, the Dafoe Hospital and Nursery was built for the five girls and their new caregivers. Approximately 6,000 people per day visited the observation gallery that surrounded the outdoor playground to view the Dionne sisters. Ample parking was provided and almost 3,000,000 people walked through the gallery between 1936 and 1943.