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There is always a speculation about who the face area from the Gerber baby is. Many people still believe that it's Humprey Bogart, Bette davis or Ernest Borgnine as an infant. Well, not so good news for them because no above mentioned famous people's face appears around the Gerber baby food jars. But who's it then? Who is the mysterious little child?
The story dates back towards the year 1928 once the Gerber Products Company - previously Fermont Canning Company owned and operated by Frank Daniel Gerber and his son Daniel Frank Gerber - started to produce Gerber baby food. They wanted to find baby face that would represent their company and organized a tournament in the same year.
Not surprisingly they received hundreds of painting, drawings and sketches. Surprise, surprise - in those days they didn't have digital camera models. The winner was Dorothy Hope Smith from New England who submitted an unfinished charcoal drawing - or better said a sketch of a baby who had messy hair, big blue eyes and round lips. She said to the judges when her sketch wins your competition she will finish it professionally. There was no requirement for that since the judges liked it as being it was. It had been exactly they've been looking for; a healthy and gorgeous baby face.
And who was the baby? Well, her name is Ann Turner (Cook) and she would be a five-month-old baby in those days. She's the earth's best known baby because in a very small amount of time - about in Two months - the Gerber baby symbol had achieved national recognition; bit later international as well. Since 1928 her face appeared on every single Gerber product as well as in advertisement as well as in 1931 it became of the company's official trademark.
By the way she's a retired English teacher and lives in Florida. She raised four kids and became a mysterious novelist. Her books include Trace Their Shadows, Shadow over Cedar Key and Homosassa Shadows. She received a one-time cash settlement from the company ($5000) in 1951 and Dorothy Hope Smith got $300 for that rights to her drawing but neither of the two were paid royalties from the famous image.