The Gerber Baby

Who is the Berber Baby, the world-famous photo of the baby on the label of every Gerber product?

Rumours have flown around that it was the image of actor Humphrey Bogart as a baby. But, according to Snopes, this is false. So what is the true story of the baby seen around the world?

In 1928, Gerber, then a new company who made canned fruits and vegetable, began to produce baby food, and they put out adverts looking for baby images to use on the labels. In Westport, Connecticut, 4 month old Ann Cook was sketched by her neighbour, Dorothy Hope Smith, who was an artist. When Gerber made the announcement about wanting baby images, Smith submitted the sketch, and the company bought it.

The image of Ann Cook began being used on Gerber products in 1928, and became the official company logo in 1931.

Ann Cook has since gone on to earn several degrees in journalism, taught at several schools, and has even written a several mystery novels.

At the time of this writing, Ann cook (A. K. A. “The Gerber Baby”) is still alive.

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About Trevor Boot

I’ve been officially writing since 2004, when I was 15, but I started writing for fun now and then in 2001, when I was 12. I mostly wrote short stories and poems, but then in 2008, I wrote my first novel, titled Xangsburgh. Before this, my writing never really had any direction. I would just write independent stories that had no connection with each other, so I always had to start over from scratch. With Xangsburgh, I had a fictional city I could base all my stories in, with the stories building on each other. For me, that made writing easier, because now I don’t have to start from scratch every time. I could use Sheriff Brock without having to introduce him every time. In 2011, I realized I really enjoyed taking pictures. Several of my friends would comment that my pictures were near-professional quality. So on top of my writing, I’m also an amateur photographer. In 2014, I published Xangsburgh, as well as a photo book with some of my favourite photos I have taken, and a book of poems I’ve written between 2001 and 2013.
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