The original Gerber Baby Food baby celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday, November 20th. Ann Turner Cook became the first Gerber baby back in 1928 but, according to WABC-TV, her identity was kept under wraps until 1978.
Gerber posted on Facebook: “A very happy birthday to the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook! Ann, who turns today, has graced Gerber products since 1928. Her image has inspired parents everywhere to share their babies’ photos with Gerber.”
After her brief but highly successful baby food modeling career, Ms. Cook grew up to become an English teacher and a novelist. The fact that the baby on the label has lived so long might be the best possible marketing campaign for the benefits of feeding babies Gerber products.