A: Yes, he is the real deal. Me, too. I am Leslie's granddaughter, owner/producer of Grampa Gilman's Skin Care. My mother was one of five children born to Leslie and Florence Gilman. The illustration on the label was drawn from a photo taken of my grampa when he was a dairy farmer in Randolph, VT. His fingertips would become sore, cracked and would even bleed from milking cows and from doing other farm chores. He made and used what we continue to make today. It worked for him! It healed his fingertips and softened his hands. Our family has used this product for four generations and felt it appropriate to name the product Grampa Gilman's Skin Care after him.