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06/07/2018 04:46 pm ET

Original Gerber Baby Meets The Current Kid In Photo Op For The Ages

Lucas Warren, the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome, got along famously with 91-year-old Ann Turner Cook.

It was a meeting nine decades in the making: Two Gerber babies coming face to face despite an 89-year age difference.

Last week 91-year-old Ann Turner Cook, who was chosen as the original Gerber baby in 1931, met up with the company’s latest, Lucas Warren, who turns 2 next month.

The two ad icons met up when the Warren family was vacationing in Florida, where Cook lives, according to Inside Edition.

Both Gerber babies have something unique about them: Cook was the first, when the company used a 1928 charcoal portrait of her on its baby food, and Lucas is the first Gerber baby to have Down syndrome.

Despite her iconic status, Cook never really capitalized on her fame, according to her grandson Chris Colin.

“It was a funny bit of trivia, never made her rich or got us free strained peas or anything,” he says in the tweet below.

Age was just a number to these two, according to Lucas’ parents, Cortney and Jason Warren.

“As soon as we walked into the room, (Cook) and Lucas immediately bonded,” they said in a statement to Today. “Lucas walked right up to her, flashing his signature smile and waving, and we could tell he loved her right away.”

A polite child, Lucas grabbed two cookies and gave one to Cook.

Lucas was chosen from more than 140,000 entrants to be the 2018 Gerber spokesbaby. His family will receive $50,000, and he will appear in promotional posts across Gerber’s social media throughout the year. 

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