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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 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.