Baby Betty Lou
I can’t believe I’ve never posted a photo of my mom as an young child before. There aren’t that many of them, but it seems like I would have posted one before. I know I have mentioned photos of my mom as a baby before. In 2017 I posted a photo of my grandmother Myrtle Phenice – my mom’s mom. I mentioned a baby photo of my mom that was from a contest she won. Then in 2019 I mentioned in a post about her mom that they had both been cute babies and that Mama had won a Gerber’s Cutest Baby Contest.
My mom used to say that she won a cutest baby contest, and this is the photo that she would show. But on the back of this photo it says that this is the photo that she won honorable mention in a national Sears contest. What? Did she or did she not win the Gerber’s Cutest Baby award? That would have been in 1933, and the first contest was just two years earlier. I looked up that information just now and realized that the first winner of that contest died this week. What a coincidence!
But I don’t think my mom was the winner in 1933. Maybe she got honorable mention in that. Or maybe she just got honorable mention in the Sears contest. Either way, she did pretty well for a national contest for cute babies. But really, just look at that cute little face of hers. She was adorable.