Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, has died aged 95. The company announced her death on Tuesday, saying she “passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones”. Cook was chosen as the face of Gerber in 1928 when she was just four months old, after her parents entered her into a contest.
Her image has since been used on billions of products, making her one of the most recognized faces in the world.
In recent years, she spoke out against the use of Photoshop in advertising, saying that it gave children an unrealistic idea of what they should look like.
“What you see is not always what you get,” she said. “And that’s something we should all remember.” Cook is survived by her two sons, David and Andrew.
The Famous Gerber Logo
Gerber is one of the most well-known baby food brands in the world, and their iconic Gerber Baby logo is recognized by people of all ages.
The Gerber Baby logo was created in 1928 by illustrator Ann Turner Cook.
The Gerber Baby logo was inspired by a photo of Cook’s own daughter, Ann Turner Cook.
The Gerber company chose the logo because they felt that it captured the innocent beauty of infancy.
The Gerber Baby logo has appeared on Gerber products for over 90 years, and it remains one of the most recognizable logos in the world.
Ann Turner Cook Early life & Family
Cook was born in 1926 in Westport, Connecticut., Her mother name was Elizabeth Aquila Turner (1907–1997& her father, Joseph Monroe Cook (1904–1989), was from Kentucky.
His father served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II.
Turner’s mother, Elizabeth, was from Sierra Vista in Cochise County, Arizona.
She met her husband while he was stationed at Fort Huachuca. Elizabeth received a degree in social work from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. After their wedding, the couple moved to Louisville, where they had four children: Ann, Joseph Jr., Mary Kathleen, and Stephen Hart Cook.
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