HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Original Gerber baby cele...

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 04:26 PM

Original Gerber baby celebrates 94th birthday

?w=1280&h=720&crop=1

The original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook, is celebrating her 94th birthday on Friday.

Cook was just 4 months old when her newborn face became famous.

In 1928, Gerber held a contest to find a face to represent their baby food advertising campaign.

According to the company's website, some artists submitted elaborate oil paintings, but one artist, Dorothy Hope Smith, an artist who specialized in children's portraits and who just happened to be Cook's neighbor, submitted a simple charcoal sketch and offered to elaborate on it if it was accepted.

Gerber executives said they couldn't resist the adorable baby face and selected the classic drawing as is.

Cook began appearing on Gerber products in 1928 and became the company's official trademark in 1931.

After growing up, Cook worked as an English teacher for most of her life.

https://6abc.com/society/original-gerber-baby-celebrates-94th-birthday/5709153/?fbclid=IwAR1XYI2euC0Wx2AJPwqjCn7AltPmB850ngUp9wPVLMdMK4d7tz112nd5MQ8

6 replies, 710 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply Original Gerber baby celebrates 94th birthday (Original post)
Tom Yossarian Joad Saturday OP
tblue37 Saturday #1
kskiska Saturday #2
LeftInTX Saturday #6
malaise Saturday #3
lpbk2713 Saturday #4
SMC22307 Saturday #5

Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 04:28 PM

1. She's still cute. Looks great for her age!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:22 PM

2. Humphrey Bogart was a model for baby food.

Bogartís mother was a commercial illustrator. A drawing of Humphrey as an infant was made by his mother and was used in advertisements for a different brand of baby food many years before Gerber was founded.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to kskiska (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:42 PM

6. Humphrey as a baby

Did he ever smile?







Examples of his mother's sketches. I assume she used Humphrey as a stand in...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:26 PM

3. Still beautiful

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:33 PM

4. If that's a fairly recent picture she looks fantastic.





Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:40 PM

5. "Selected the classic drawing as is."

By today's standards, that's pretty amazing. Love her beautiful white hair!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread