With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Show and Tell Friday ~ The Gerber Baby

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ The Gerber Baby

A highly recognized and loved sketch of the precious Gerber Baby is my Show & Tell this week.
I got this sweet lithograph quite a few years ago.  The envelope indicates a lady from Charleston, W Va. received it from Gerber Products Co. in Fremont, Mich. back on June 23rd, 1942.

Ever wonder who that sweet little baby is?
From the Gerber website:
The Gerber baby—the face that launched a brand
The tousled hair, the bright eyes, the round, pursed lips. The Gerber baby is recognized all around the world. So who is this special baby?
People polled throughout the United States surmised that the Gerber Baby had to have grown up to become someone famous: Guesses ranged from movie stars Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor to Senator Bob Dole. But mystery novelist and retired English teacher Ann Turner Cook knows the real answer. Because she is the Gerber Baby.

The back-story on the Gerber Baby

In 1928 Gerber was looking for a face to represent a baby food ad campaign. The baby Ann Turner Cook posed for artist Dorothy Hope Smith. Her simple charcoal sketch competed with lots of portraits, including elaborate oil paintings. (Smith offered to finish the sketch if it were accepted.)
Whether it was the simplicity of the drawing or the cuteness of the baby (or both!), the judges fell in love with the adorable cherub face of Ann Turner Cook. They were so taken with it that Smith didn’t have to finish the sketch. Gerber used it just as it was.
The illustration became so popular that Gerber adopted it as its official trademark in 1931. Since then the Gerber Baby has appeared on all GERBER packaging and in every Gerber advertisement, making Ann Turner Cook the world’s best-known baby image.

A photo of Ann Turner Cook from her website
 
 Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday

28 comments:

Valerie said...

This is such a great post! I have always loved that portrait.
So neat to see the real person 'all grown up'!

Susan said...

Ohhhh,LDH, I remember the Gerber baby. What an interesting write-up. Loved reading it! Susan

Mildred said...

How interesting. I love that baby sketch and it is so nice to see the lady who posed for that as a baby. What a great show and tell.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how interesting. I have often wondered who the real baby was. She lovely today too. Very interesting. Thanks, I really enjoyed this post.

Thanks also for your gracious comments on my Foodie Friday BBQ sauce post. It probably takes about 5 to 6 minutes on each side to grill them. I make sure the grill is nice and hot and then put them on. Turn the temp down if they start to carmelize too much, or place them on a higher shelf. I hope you try it, they really are mouth watering and so easy. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

Oh I have always thought the photos of the Gerber Baby was so beautiful!

Sonia said...

How wonderful to see what she looks like now...so beautiful as a baby and now too ! Thanks for sharing this fun post!

Miss Bloomers

NanaDiana said...

Hi! I'm not sure what happens when I try to comment. Sometimes my posts show up and sometimes it pops off site before I cans see that is saved. Weird-very weird!

Anyway..what I said before was that I bet she has had a lot of enjoyment in life seeing her baby self on every Gerber product in every grocery store in the nation. Being as that was before all the lawyers and agents were in place she probably got a little lump sum and no royalties at all. In today's market she would have made a gazillion dollars for that one picture! Diana

Dayle said...

I love that Gerber baby, and the story was most interesting.

Debbie~ said...

What a GREAT post! I've always loved that sketch, but have never heard how it came about! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful little story! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Patricia Torres said...

This is such a cute post.. His eyes speaks volumes... Lovely!

Debbie said...

I think you read my mind, I was just thinking about the Gerber baby a couple of days ago, wondering who that baby was. Thank you for sharing.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

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bj said...

awww...this is the sweetest post. I love that little Gerber baby. I also grew up with it everywhere. I was born in 1937 and I, too, have a photo of this cute baby. I must go thru my trunk and see if I can find it.
Thanks for the memories...
xo bj

The imPerfect Housewife said...

That is the neatest show & tell EVERRRRR!!! What a fun post - SO happy I popped over here! Have a great weekend ~ ♥

Atticmag said...

How interesting! I never knew that. But the Gerber baby is still an icon. Everyone wants to nominate their grandchildren to replace her, I'm sure.

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Leann said...

How sweet - I've always loved that baby. I thought that it was Jane Seymour.

Leann

Ann said...

Ah yes a very recognizable baby face. Is there anyone who doesn't know the Gerber baby face? :) How wonderful for Ann Turner Cook to see her adorable face still after all these years.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great Face and story!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Karen said...

What an interesting post. I've always loved that picture of the baby and would exclaim when our little ones were about that age that they were as cute as the Gerber baby.
Have a great weekend.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Liz said...

Sweet! I have heard that story before but forgot about it. Thanks for sharing. You sketch is a great find! :)

~Liz

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

That is a WONDERFUL story and I'm SO Happy you shared it with us...
Hugs, Donna

Regina said...

How wonderful!
Great post LDH.

Have a great weekend.
Regards.
xo

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

I had never given a thought to the Gerber Baby, but what an interesting story. That is quite a legacy!

I read your post about Erin's chickens:) I am waiting patiently for my girls to start laying. Thanks for visiting and letting me know about yours.

Anonymous said...

I have a Gerber Baby calendar from 1959.Thanks for the information about baby Gerber.

Anonymous said...

I clicked onto the Bible and went to the web site for daily reading. I do have realplayer; the web site is not working.

Hélène Glehen said...

What a cute post. Of course I knew Gerber baby but I did not know her story. And the portrait is so alive, so cute.
Thanks to share.

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF THIS WERBER PICTURE WE KNOW THE NAME OF THE BEAUTIFUL BABY ,THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS LOVELY POST..HUGS

pogonip said...

My Gerber baby was (and still is) my favorite doll!

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