Apparently my mother found the Dionne Quintuplets fascinating. Stashed away were some yellowed clippings featuring cute photos and little vignettes about the five girls who were born in 1934. My mother would have been ten years old that year.
This ad shows how popular the little girls were. Advertisers wanted to cash in on the public obsession with the quintuplets.
Removed from their family, the girls were raised by the Canadian government while being displayed as a tourist attraction. It’s rather a sad story, but I doubt that people in the 1930s were aware of the issues surrounding the rearing of the girls.
I don’t think these are clippings that Mom saved from her childhood. It’s doubtful they would have survived the many family moves over the years. Most likely she discovered them in recent years in a scrapbook at a yard sale. I’m guessing they triggered some nostalgia and she saved them as the basis for a future article.