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Barker, Charles (1791–1859), advertising agent, was born on 22 October 1791 at Morton Hill, co. Durham, the first son of a non-practising attorney, Joseph Barker of Morton Hill, and Mary, daughter of the Revd John Hogarth of Kirknewton, Northumberland. Barker earned a reputation as the nation's leading advertising man in the early years of the nineteenth century by exploiting the unrivalled news coverage offered by ...

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Barratt, Thomas James (1841–1914), soap manufacturer and pioneer of advertising, was born on 16 May 1841 at 25 Tottenham Place, St Pancras, London, the son of Thomas Barratt, a piano maker, and his wife, Emma Price. He was educated at a private day school, and at fifteen was apprenticed to a firm of ...

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Beddington, John Louis [Jack] (1893–1959), publicity manager, was born on 30 January 1893, at Barkston Gardens, South Kensington, London, one of three sons of Charles Lindsay Beddington (b. 1866), barrister, and his wife, Stella Goldschmidt de Libantia. His family were Jewish and came originally from ...

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Benson, Samuel Herbert (1854–1914), advertising agent, was born on 14 August 1854 at 7 Somerset Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, the son of Samuel Miles Benson, solicitor, and his wife, Phillipa, daughter of James Bourne of Lincolnshire. Benson began training for the law but at sixteen changed his mind and passed the entrance examination for the ...

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Samuel Herbert Benson (1854–1914) by unknown photographer from The History of Advertising Trust Archive

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Crawford, Sir William Smith (1878–1950), advertising agent, was born in Glasgow on 17 December 1878, son of Robert Crawford (d. 1916), merchant, wholesaler, and newspaper proprietor, and his wife, Sarah, née Smith. His younger brother Archibald Crawford (1882–1960) became a prominent barrister. He was educated at ...

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Durant, Henry William (1902–1982), opinion pollster and market researcher, was born at 42 Drummond Road, Bermondsey, London, on 23 October 1902, the first son and second of the five children of Henry William Durant (1870–1913), general warehouseman and later a foreman in a grain mill, and his wife, ...

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Fletcher, Winston (1937–2012), advertising executive and writer, was born Winston Fleisher on 15 July 1937 at the London Hospital in Stepney, Whitechapel, London, the youngest of five children of Abraham Uscher Fleisher, later Albert Fletcher (d. 1963), and his wife, Bessie, née...

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Hargreaves, (Charles) Roger (1935–1988), copywriter and children's author, was born on 9 May 1935 at 201 Bath Road, Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, the second of the four children of Alfred Reginald Hargreaves, then a woollen cloth manufacturer, and Ethel Mary, née Pickles; the family home was ...

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(Charles) Roger Hargreaves (1935–1988) by unknown photographer private collection