Folded Dimensions: 4" W X 8" H
Open Dimensions: 24" W X 31" H
Date Location: Legend
Cover Description: White background with a large red center area containing the Imperial Logo. The company name and `Èverywhere in Canada` is proclaimed across the bottom. An oval area at the top is blue with white writing - `For Happy Motoring Buy at the Imperial Sign` - Eastern Canada Road Map.
Date Code: Non-Applicable
Scale: 1" = 14 miles
Main Legend Side Features: Front & Rear covers, Legend and map of Southern Ontario, Index of Cities, Towns & Villages, Mileage Table, Dionne Quintuplets Information, Similar Maps for Western Canada Information, North-Eastern Ontario - Western Quebec map.
Opposite Side Features: Two titles, one Legend and two maps of Eastern Canada (one of the Maritime Provinces and one of Eastern Ontario and Quebec), Key Map, Index of Cities, towns & villages for both maps, Going Places information.
Other: Produced by General Drafting
Note: There are 3 maps within this map.
Map 1 occupies one side, is labelled Ontario and extends as far east as Kingston.
Map 2 occupies opposite side, is labelled Quebec, and includes eastern Ontario.
Map 3 occupies opposite side, is labelled Eastern Canada, and includes eastern Quebec and the Maritimes.
Western Quebec and North-eastern Ontario
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On May 28, 1934, at a farmhouse at Corbeil in northern Ontario, five identical baby girls were born to a French-Canadian couple, Oliva and Elzire Dionne. The babies were named Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie. They were the world's first quintuplets to survive, though they were tiny and very frail at first.
The Ontario government took the quints from their parents and placed them under the care of Dr Allan Dafoe, the doctor who had delivered them. A special nursery complex was built for them, together with a public observation garden, for they became Canada's major tourist attraction. More than 3 million people came to have a look at the quints as they played in their nursery.
Meanwhile, their father fought a nine-year legal battle to regain them. At last, in 1943, the girls were returned home, but they had difficulty adjusting to their new life and to their bothers and sisters. (There were 12 children in the family all told.)
When the quints grew up, they moved to Montreal. Émilie, who became a nun, died during an epileptic fit in 1954. Annette, Cécile, and Marie got married, but all eventually separated from their husbands. They wrote a book, We Were Five (1965). In 1970 Marie died, leaving three of the original five still alive.
According to a recent audit, Ontario netted $350 million in revenues related to the quintuplets. When the five came of age, however, most of their share of the trust - once estimated at $15 million - had been spent on the upkeep of Quintland. In recent years, the three surviving quints have lived in poverty.
On March 6, 1998, the Ontario government offered the sisters an apology and $2.8 million in compensation. The move followed inquiries by family members over the misspending of the quintuplets' money by the province.