When it comes to baby food, the brand that comes to nearly everyone’s mind is Gerber. Gerber was founded in 1927 in Fremont, Michigan by a gentleman named Daniel Frank Gerber. Daniel was already in the business of canned fruit and vegetables when his pediatrician wife, Dorothy, suggested that he make strained foods for their own baby. A new business idea was born! It wasn’t long after that Gerber baby became the go-to baby food brand across America.
Besides their food products, Gerber became very famous for one other thing: the Gerber Baby! That’s right, that iconic baby face logo that appears on all of the Gerber products. But have you ever wondered who that baby was?
Ever had baby food? There’s a very good chance you’ve had Gerber.
Gerber was formed in 1927 after Daniel Frank Gerber’s pediatrician wife, Dorothy, gave him the idea to make hand-strained food for their baby girl.
It didn’t take long before Gerber became a major food company with distribution around the world!
And nearly everyone recognizes their logo: the iconic Gerber Baby!
But just who is the Gerber baby? Many thought the baby was Elizabeth Taylor or Jane Seymour.
But no, they were wrong… the iconic baby didn’t grow up to become a well known celebrity. So what’s the identity of this mystery baby?
The Gerber baby is a lovely lady named Ann Turner Cook! Here’s a photo of her from 1998, posing with the charcoal portrait that helped make her face become an icon!
The story was that Dorothy Hope Smith, a family friend, had done the original rough charcoal portrait sketch. A year later, in 1928, Gerber launched a contest to find the official face of their baby food brand. Smith submitted her sketch and promised Gerber that she would finish it if Ann’s portrait was chosen. But Gerber absolutely loved the rough sketch of the wide-eyed Ann and declared her the winner! By 1931, Ann’s face become the official trademark of the Gerber brand.
As you can see, she’s just as adorable as ever!
Ann is a Tampa native who’s lived a humble life. She is a retired English teacher and mystery novelist. Until recently, few people know of her claim to fame!
How amazing is that? It’s funny to think that such a recognizable face has gone largely unidentified for so long. Now that you know the person and the story behind the iconic Gerber Baby logo, you’ll probably never look at it the same way again! And isn’t she just the cutest? If you enjoyed this story, please share it with your family and friends!
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