M2001.49.6 | Tante Lucille raconte

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Children's book
Tante Lucille raconte
Lucille Desparois
1944, 20th century
Ink on paper
22.5 x 18 x 0.3 cm
Gift of Mme Danielle Lamoureux
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

From 1944 to 1974, through print, records and radio, Tante Lucille (in real life, Lucille Desparois) would tell her stories to French-Canadian children for over thirty years. Her moralist fables and magical tales were adaptations of Quebec stories and legends or those of well-known authors. The development and expansion of the mass media in the 20th century allowed people like Tante Lucille to reach thousands of listeners at the same time. Radio, for instance, which was initially reserved for use by scientists, becomes common in homes starting in the 1920s. It provided people of all ages with information and entertainment programs. The outside world thus made its way into Canadian homes via the voice of the radio and later, beginning in the 1950s, via the pictures broadcast by television.

  • What

    This was the first collection of stories for children written by Lucille Desparois (under the name of Tante Lucille) and published by Librairie Granger & Frères in 1944. Over the course of her lengthy career, Tante Lucille would publish some forty books and make a dozen records of stories.

  • Where

    In 1954 the Dutch publishing firm Mulder & Zoon put out translations of Tante Lucille's stories in nine languages. The books in the Albums du gai moulin series were distributed in many countries.

  • When

    Tante Lucille's first storybooks were published in Quebec in 1944. On May 8, 1948, this wonderful storyteller did her first Saturday-morning radio show on Radio-Canada, in Montreal; her program for young children would be on the air for twenty-seven years, until May 31, 1974.

  • Who

    Lucille Desparois was born in Châteauguay, Quebec, in 1909. Throughout her storytelling career, she went by the name of Tante Lucille [Aunt Lucille]. She died in 1996.