Elzire Dionne and the Dionne quintuplets

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Caption on reverse [translation]: "Overproduction Here As Well. (North Bay, Canada and Inglewood, California) Rengo. In this modern age, during which there is an emphasis on 'control' and almost frightening levels of production restrictions are placed on everything, this can be considered an amazing case of overproduction. Even if it's not a problem when talking about a pooch, we're not quite sure if giving birth to five babies at the same time is something that ought to be congratulated; in any case, it's certain that the medically unprecedented event provided good data. Mr. Malthus, who spoke eloquently in the past century about the overproduction of humans, is surely shocked, even from his grave. Photograph: 1. North Bay, Canada's 26 year old Olivia Dionne and her five beloved children, who created a world record when they were born at the same time; all are currently growing healthily. [written] June 19, 1934."

June 19, 1934


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