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Great Babies of History

Posted April 09, 2010 to photo album "Great Babies of History"

With Babies in theaters, we take look back on some of the most memorable babies of all time.

Slide 1: Introduction - Great Babies of History
Slide 2: The Child of God - The Baby Jesus
Slide 3: The Children of Empire - Romulus and Remus
Slide 4: Child of Hope - Keith Haring's Radiant Baby
Slide 5: Child of Commerce - The Gerber Baby
Slide 6: Child of Legend - Hercules
Slide 7: Child of Fantasy - Mowgli
Slide 8: Child of Power - Bronzino’s Portrait of Giovanni de' Medici
Slide 9: Child of Racism - Tar baby
Slide 10: Child of Cinema - The baby in Rescued from an Eagle Nest
Slide 11: Child of Capitalism - Baby Herman
Slide 12: Child of Comics - Swee'Pea
Slide 13: Child of Crime - The Lindbergh baby
Slide 14: Child of Horror - The It's Alive baby
Slide 15: Child of Persistence - Baby Huey
Slide 16: Children of Television - Rugrats
Slide 17: Child of the Coen brothers - Junior from Raising Arizona
Slide 18: Child of Satan - Rosemary's Baby
Slide 5: Child of Commerce - The Gerber Baby

Slide 5: Child of Commerce - The Gerber Baby

In 1928, the Freemont Canning Company decided they wanted a happy child to advertise their new line of baby food. Their marketing department initiated a countrywide search for baby pictures. Dorothy Hope Smith, a Boston illustrator, sent in an unfinished charcoal drawing of Ann Turner, a five-month-old infant she knew. If chosen, she expected that the company would request her to finish the drawing. But the executives were so taken with the simplicity of Smith’s drawing, that they didn’t want her to do anything to it. Soon the image went beyond being an advertising image and became the logo for Gerber baby products––as well as the source of many urban myths, including the popular belief that the model was actually Humphrey Bogart.