In 1928, Gerber held a drawing to find the Gerber baby. They selected a charcoal sketch of Ann Turner Cook when she was just a few months old. After that, the rest is history.
In 1931, Gerber trademarked the picture and in the early 1950s, they gave Cook a nice sum of money for her likeness. She says it was a nice amount of money, enough for a down payment on a house and a car. The 87-year old retired English teacher described her experience as the Gerber baby as enjoyable.
I can’t think of anything nicer than to be a symbol for babies,. And that’s what I think I became.
Gerber kept the identity of the Gerber baby secret for 50 years. During that time, people mistakenly guessed the image to be such celebs as Humphrey Bogart as a baby, or even Elizabeth Taylor.
And Ann Turner Cook hasn’t changed much since her days as a baby. You can still the sparkle in her eyes and smile. Just look at her today.
What a great story for Ann. Gerber recently held a contest two years ago to find another Gerber baby. Want to see her?
She’s Mary Jane Montoya from Fresno, California. Ann thinks the newest Gerber baby will carry on the history that she started.
She is just adorable, and she is a delightful little person.
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