But the most popular guess was Humphrey Bogart, and there are good reasons for that. Maud Bogart the mother of Humphrey Bogart was a successful commercial illustrator. She did created many sketches of baby Humphrey and also many good use of it. So the connection is pretty obvious to most. But it wasn’t him.
If it’s not him then who is the real Gerber baby?
Gerber didn’t start marketing and advertising baby food until 1928 if so, then Humphrey Bogart is almost 30yrs old by this time.
Dorothy Hope Smith a neighbor of cartoonist Leslie Turner submitted a charcoal drawing of 4mos old Ann Cook, Turner’s daughter to Gerber not knowing the consequence of how big it comes. Where they live it wasn’t uncommon to use a neighbor’s baby as a model for drawings, nobody think much of it. That little action when on you make Ann Cook famous when her image first started appearing on Gerber products in 1928. Then it went on to be the official Gerber’s trademark in 1931.
The fame of Ann Cook didn’t officially belong to her and lingering until 1951 when Gerber paid Cook a $5,000 one-time cash settlement. It is Ann Cook the Gerber Baby that everyone wondering of. Dorothy Hope Smith was paid $300 originally for the drawing, both her and Cook don’t get any royalties for the use of that famous Gerber baby image.
The Gerber contest went on to inspire many more Gerber baby contests. Do you think you have a Gerber baby? That’s right the term “Gerber baby” became a term to say how cute your baby is. Hey got a cute baby or “Gerber baby”? Submit a photo to find out if you do have a baby that the judges believe to be the next “Gerber baby”. Enter this great baby photo contest to see if your kid indeed a cutie. Click here to enter “The CuteKid” contest.
Baby contests are great way to get your baby started in the entertainment industry. If win, then your baby can be set for college. Gerber baby contest offer $100,000 cash along with other prizes. In 2006, baby Kinetica Joule announced winner going home with $100,000. She was born October 2, 2005 what is she going to do with $100k?