As the Tribike has an original transfer (decal) on the rear that says ‘Dionne Quins Tribike’ it would appear that the company supplied the Dionne Quintuplets with these tricycles.
The Dionne Quintuplets, born May 28, 1934, were 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. All five survived to adulthood.
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. This was a very poor area of Canada, and the government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario.
The Dionne girls starred in three feature films, which were essentially fictionalised versions of their story.
In November 1943, the Dionne parents won back custody of the sisters, but their home life was far from happy. The quintuplets left the family home upon turning 18 years old in 1952 and had little contact with their parents afterwards. Three went on to marry and have children: Marie had two daughters, Annette three sons, and Cécile five children, including one who died in infancy and twins Bruno and Bertrand. Émilie devoted her brief life to becoming a nun. Yvonne finished nursing school before turning to sculpting, then later becoming a librarian.
In 1998, the sisters reached a $2.8 million settlement with the Ontario government as compensation for their exploitation.