In 1928, the Gerber company, announced a contest. They wanted to find the perfect face to put on their new baby food, so they asked the public to send in images of their children. Dorothy Hope Smith sketched a charcoal drawing of her five month old neighbor and submitted it to the contest.
The drawing obviously won, and was trademarked in 1931. The image Smith drew is now completely iconic so they obviously chose the right picture! But who was the baby behind the picture?
Smith lived next door to cartoonist Leslie Turner. He was the the artist behind Captain Easy which was a syndicated comic strip in the newspaper. It ran for over 50 years until it was discontinued in 1988. He had three daughters, one of which was named Ann. Smith drew the photo of Ann when she was only five months old, but where is she now?