Doll set:Gerber Baby Doll

Atlanta Novelty1981

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

In 1928 Frank Daniel Gerber, head of the Fremont Canning Co. in Michigan searched for a baby face to promote his line of strained baby foods. Connecticut artist Dorothy Hope Smith provided the a sketch of a bright-eyed, tousled-hair, healthy-looking infant that Gerber adopted as its corporate image. The Gerber Baby remains an iconic product image to this day. Dolls made to resemble the Gerber Baby appeared in several iterations including ones offered in 1936, 1955, 1972, 1985, and 1996.

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  • Title: Doll set:Gerber Baby Doll
  • Creator: Atlanta Novelty
  • Date Created: 1981
  • Subject Keywords: Gerber, African American
  • Type: Baby Dolls, Dolls from the Seventies and Eighties
  • Rights: Gerber Products Company
  • Medium: plastic, vinyl, fabric, paper, hemp
  • Object ID: 115.4879
  • Designer: Dorothy Hope Smith
  • Credit Line: Gift of Suzanne Brystal Nielsen in honor of Brent Michael and Crystal Lynn Gramkee.