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

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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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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

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Higham, Sir Charles Frederick (1876–1938), advertising agent and publicist, was born at South Grove, Walthamstow, Essex, on 17 January 1876, the eldest of three sons of Charles Higham (1851–1885), a clerk in the Custom House, who became a solicitor's clerk, and his wife, ...

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Hirst, Olive Mirzl (1912–1994), advertising agent, was born in Mortlake, Surrey, on 20 June 1912. Little is known of her early life. She was educated at the Abbey School, Mill Hill, north London, which she left in 1930 to work in the overseas department of ...

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Olive Mirzl Hirst (1912–1994) by Baron Studios, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knox, Oliver Arbuthnot (1923–2002), advertising agent, novelist, and political activist, was born on 24 December 1923 at Courns Wood, Hughenden, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the elder son of (Alfred) Dillwyn Knox (1884–1943), classical scholar and cryptographer, and his wife, Olive Margaret Rickman, née...

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Mitchell, Charles (1807–1859), advertising agent and publisher of the first British press directory, was born in Norwich and baptized on 22 March 1807 at St Giles's Church, Norwich. He was the son of Robert Mitchell, a fruiterer, and his wife, Letitia, née Moore...

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Ogilvy, David Mackenzie (1911–1999), advertising executive, was born in West Horsley, Surrey, on 23 June 1911, the fifth and last child and younger son of Francis John Longley Ogilvy (1866–1943), stockbroker, who had gained a first in classics and a rugby blue at ...

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Olins, Wallace [Wally] (1930–2014), corporate identity and branding consultant, was born on 19 December 1930 at 49 Moresby Road, Upper Clapton, London, the younger son of Alfred Olins (1896–1970) and his wife, Rachel, née Muscovitch (1897–1961). His father established ...

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Plant, Thomas Livesley (1819–1883), commission agent and meteorologist, was born at Low Moor, near Bradford, on 20 September 1819 and was baptized on 26 February 1820 at Wibsey, Yorkshire, the son of George Halewood Plant, iron merchant, and his wife, Ann Livesley. After schooling at ...

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...

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Sir (James) Gordon Reece (1929–2001) by Chris Ware, 1975 Getty Images