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Ann Cook Turner, original Gerber baby, turns 93

Posted at 3:38 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 15:38:43-05

(WTXL) — Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, turned 93 on Wednesday.

Cook was only 4-months-old when she became the original Gerber baby.

According to the company’s website, Gerber held a contest in 1928 to find a face to represent their baby food.

Many artists submitted oil paintings, but Dorothy Hope Smith, who specialized in children’s portraits and happened to be Cook’s neighbor, submitted a charcoal sketch which was selected.

Cook’s face appeared on Gerber products beginning in 1928 and became the official trademark in 1931.