Original Gerber Baby Model Celebrates 89th Birthday [VIDEO]
The woman whose face became the iconic Gerber baby logo turned 89 on Friday.
In 1928, Gerber ran a contest for the face of one of their new products - to which Dorothy Hope Smith, a neighbor and family friend, submitted an unfinished sketch of baby Ann Turner Cook.
"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," said Gerber.
Gerber made the logo with Cook's face an official trademark just 2 years later, but it wasn't until 1978 that the Gerber baby's name was identified to the public.
Cook is a mystery novelist and retired English teacher. Her "sparkling eyes" and "curious baby face" continue to represent the brand.
According to Gerber, today's Gerber babies are professional models with agents - far from your baby next door.