In 1928, a contest was held in order to find the perfect face to represent the Gerber brand. One particular, simple sketch was entered in the competition that the judges fell in love with immediately.
According to Gerber, the charcoal sketch was of a “tousle-haired, bright-eyed cherub of a baby with endearing pursed lips.” The judges chose the illustration and wanted to keep it as a simple sketch.
In the decades to follow, the photo of that baby circulated around the world. In 1931, the illustration was so well-known that Gerber chose it as its official trademark. For 40 years, the identity of the baby was kept a secret.
Curious people across the world had several speculations as to who the Gerber baby actually was. Many guessed it to be Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Seymour or even Senator Bob Dole.
In 1978, however, the true identity was revealed. Ann Turner Cook, a retired English teacher and mystery novelist, was the baby behind Gerber’s most popular products. The original sketch was drawn by Dorothy Hope Smith, a neighbor of the Turners.
Now, many years later, Ann Turner Cook is celebrating her 91st birthday. As she was born on November 20, 1926, her special day was 91 years later on Monday, November 20.
Did you ever think about who the Gerber baby was? Did you know her identity? Happy 91st birthday to Ann Turner Cook! In other recent news, the 9-year-old whose Christmas wish went viral just passed away after a long cancer battle.