The Gerber Baby Just Turned 90 Years Old
Happy Birthday to the real-life Gerber Baby!
That jovial, bright-eyed Gerber baby has just turned 90 years old. Can you believe it?!
Ann Turner Cook was born Nov. 20, 1926, and in 1928, she was selected to be the face of the Gerber brand.
Let’s take it all the way back to where it began 90 years ago to learn about how Cook came to be the Gerber baby in the first place.
According to Gerber, the brand held a contest in 1928 to find a face for the brand, and an artist that knew Cook happened to submit a drawing of her. The website states, “artist Dorothy Hope Smith entered her simple charcoal sketch of a tousle-haired, bright-eyed cherub of a baby with endearing pursed lips.” And that’s the exact face we all know today.
Cook’s face has appeared on Gerber packaging since then, but apparently, the identity of the baby was kept secret until 1978. Only then was it revealed that Cook, who went on to become a mystery novelist and English teacher, was in fact the face of Gerber’s iconic “cherub” of a baby!
In a 2011 interview, news anchors were shocked to see how much she still resembled the baby. Cook responded, “people don’t change that much, really.”
And, after seeing her at 90, I’d say I have to agree with her. I can still see that bright-eyed, sweet-looking face when I look at her now.
According to the Gerber Facebook page, Cook spent her 90th birthday with her four children and their spouses. In the photograph of the big day, she looks just as happy as she does on that Gerber packaging.
Because, as she points out, some things never change. Happy Birthday, Gerber Baby!
[h/t: Fox 7 News]