Original Gerber Baby, Ann Taylor Cook, turns 90

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2004, file photo, Ann Taylor Cook, poses at her Tampa, Fla., home with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products. Gerber says Cook turned 90 on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
In this Feb. 4, 2004 photo, Ann Taylor Cook poses at her Tampa, Fla., home with a copy of her photo that is used on all Gerber baby food products. –Chris O'Meara / AP

The original Gerber baby has turned 90.

The baby food maker says Ann Taylor Cook celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday.

Cook was about 4 months old in 1927 when her image was sketched in charcoal by a family friend. The drawing was submitted to Gerber a year later when Gerber put out a call for images to be used in its new baby food advertisements. Cook’s picture became the company’s official trademark in 1931.

Cook became a mother of four and taught literature and writing in Tampa, Florida, for 26 years before retiring in 1989.

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