The Original Collectors Series: Cincinnati, OH
“This collection was my mother’s, who passed away in July. She always had an interest in the Dionne Quintuplets because she was born in the area that they were born in. They were a sensation in the 30s when she was growing up, so she tended to follow their stories. And my mother was a collector. Once she decided on something she wanted to collect, she collected it.
After my dad died in the 90s, she needed something to do and wanted to keep her brain active, so she and my sister started finding these dolls, mostly from eBay but sometimes antique stores. Then after my sister died, she didn’t want to collect anymore, but the room was left as is, full of her doll collections. A lot were kept in glass cases or special holders. She would also buy strollers, baby bags, anything like that to display them. Everything had its place in that room—my mother was very organized.
She was a private person, but anybody that came over always had to go up and see the collection. I don’t think a holiday ever went by when the whole family got together and didn’t say, “OK, let’s go take a look at the Quints.” It was her pride and joy.
I knew about all the collections, but I never knew the extent until we began breaking down everything. And she really did love the things that she collected. We tried to get her to start clearing some of them out, but she said, ‘Cindy, I know I could do that, but I love them.’”
—Cindy, daughter of seller
1930s Madame Alexander Composition Dionne Quintuplet Toddler Dolls
Framed Press Photograph of the Dionne Quintuplets, Signed by Dr. Dafoe
Set of 1930s Madame Alexander Composition Dionne Quintuplets Dolls
Vintage Dionne Quintuplets Framed Color "Reunion" Movie Promo Poster
Vintage Quintuplets Sewing Set with Dolls by American Toy Works
1930s Madame Alexander Dionne Quints Composition Dolls and Dr. Dafoe Doll with Five Wooden Rockers
Vintage Original Dionne Quintuplets Wood and Canvas Doll Carousel
1930s Madame Alexander Composition Dionne Quintuplets Dolls
1930s Composition Dionne Quintuplets' Nurse and Dr. Dafoe Dolls
Vintage Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet Composition Baby Dolls With Crib
Group of Five Large Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet Dolls
Vintage Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet Composition Dolls in Fabric Covered Swing
Adorable Collection of Five Vintage Madame Alexander Dionne Quintuplet Dolls
Vintage Madame Alexander "Little Genius" Dionne Quintuplet Composition Doll in High Chair
Vintage Kinemetograph Weekly March 26, 1936 Ad Featuring the Dionne Quintuplets in "The Country Doctor"
1934 Dionne Quintuplets Chalkware Table Lamp
Magazines From 1935 and 1936 Featuring Articles About the Dionne Quintuplets
Vintage Dionne Quintuplets Radio
Group of 1930s Dionne Quintuplets Story and Picture Books
Framed Dionne Quintuplets Photographic Prints and Advertising
Five Collectible Holiday Barbies in Boxes
Five Collectible Special Edition Barbies in Boxes
Collectible Barbie Dolls in Boxes including a 1999 Krissy Baby Layette and Little Debbie Dolls
Four Collectible Holiday Barbies in Boxes
1980s Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe Collector Dolls in Packages
Vintage World Doll Elizabeth Taylor and Bonnie Blue Dolls
1979 Talking Mork from Ork and Suntan Brooke Shields Dolls
Vintage Princess Diana and Prince Charles Porcelain Dolls
Two Elvis Presley Dolls in Original Packaging
Mid-80s L/E Elvis Presley Figurines and L/E Liberace Figurine
Two Mid-1980s Large Elvis Presley Limited Edition Dolls
Collection of Elvis Memorabilia
Vintage Elvis Presley Wall Art and Pictures
Four Elvis Presley Porcelain Musical Decanters
Elvis Collector Mugs and Collectible Decor
Vintage Elvis Presley Collectible Memorabilia including Pez
Dozens of Vintage Care Bears Posable Figurines and Cloud Car
Marx Toys 1960s Era Presidential Figurines with Duplicates
Eight Mid-Century Popsie Toys by Pride Creations
Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, Some Sealed in Cello Bags
Your mother must have known everything about this family. Did she also collect books or films?
Books, films, any paper. If it had the words “Dionne Quints” it was something that she just had to have. She joined what was called the Dionne Quint Club, and she went to a few Quint Conventions. One time we took a trip to Canada so she could see their original birthplace.
Did she meet people through the club?
There’s one woman that she visited in Arizona to see her collection, and they kept in contact for 20-some years.
Did she have favorite dolls?
There was a set of bigger dolls that were her most favorite because they had their own chair, a real chair. I was afraid to touch them even after she was gone, since we were never supposed to touch them.
What about her other dolls? Barbies, baby dolls, Charles and Diana, Elvis…
Dolls were, by far, her favorite. And one was never enough. Barbie dolls, especially the holiday collection. I bet she had probably at least 5,000 dolls alone kept in her basement. More of my children’s generation, from the 80s and 90s, were baby dolls. She just loved dolls—the miniature ones especially that came in tiny houses. Elvis actually came before the Quints. Usually only one collection went on at a time, but her love for Elvis never stopped.
Did you inherit a collecting gene?
Yeah, a little bit—I have to fight it! Those miniature Polly Pockets, I do love them.