Grandma is the Gerber Baby!
The original Gerber baby has turned 94.
The baby food maker posted well wishes to their Facebook page on Friday to Ann Taylor Cook who was celebrating her 94th birthday.
Gerber’s website said they held a contest in 1928 to find the right baby face for its baby food ad campaign. The baby in question was Ann Taylor Cook, sketched by artist Dorothy Hope Smith.
“Smith entered her simple charcoal sketch of a tousle-haired, bright-eyed cherub of a baby with endearing pursed lips. In her entry, Smith noted that she would finish the sketch if she won.”Gerber
“Her drawing competed with elaborate oil paintings, but the judges fell in love with the baby face Smith drew, and when they chose it as the winner, they insisted that the simple illustration remain a sketch. The image of this happy, healthy baby was soon to become the face that launched a brand, a face recognized and loved across the globe.”
It became the company trademark in 1931, but the baby’s identity was not revealed until 1978.
Cook was about 4 months old in 1927 when her image was sketched in charcoal by Smith, a family friend.
Cook ended up having a family with four children of her own, taught literature and writing in Tampa for 26 years and then retired in 1989.