Edward George Warris Hulton

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For his father, the newspaper proprietor and racehorse owner born in 1869, see Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet. For his grandfather, the newspaper proprietor born in 1838, see Edward Hulton (senior).
Sir Edward Hulton
Born Edward George Warris Hulton
(1906-11-29)29 November 1906
Harrogate, England
Died 8 October 1988(1988-10-08) (aged 81)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Magazine publisher
Known for Pioneer of photojournalism
Founder of Hulton Archive
Spouse(s) Kira Goudime-Levkovitsch (m. 1927)
Princess Nika Yourievitch (m. 1946)
Children 3
Relatives Edward Hulton (grandfather)
Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet (father)
Edward A. S. Hulton (son)
Sir Jocelyn Stevens (nephew)
Prince Serge Yourievitch (Father-in-law)

Sir Edward George Warris Hulton (29 November 1906 – 8 October 1988) was a British magazine publisher and writer.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Hulton was the illegitimate son of Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet, a newspaper publisher and racehorse owner originally from Manchester, and his second wife, the music hall artist Millicent Warris also known by the stage name Millie Lindon.[1][4] Educated at Harrow School, Hulton went up to Brasenose College, Oxford in 1925 but left in December 1926 without a degree.[1]

Business and politics[edit]

Hulton founded the Hulton Press in 1937, buying Farmers' Weekly. The Hulton Press went on to publish Leader Magazine, Eagle and Girl for children, Lilliput and the Picture Post.[1]

During World War II, Hulton was one of the members of the 1941 Committee, a group of British politicians, writers and other people of influence not generally involved with a political party but who came together in 1941 to press for more efficient production to enhance the war effort.[5] Hulton helped fund the Home Guard training school at Osterley Park, organising a private supply of weapons from the United States. Though he had stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate before the war, his 1943 book The New Age supported a mixed welfare-state economy and he welcomed Attlee's 1945 government.[1]

Hulton discontinued the Picture Post in 1957 and sold the Hulton Press to Odhams two years later. He was knighted for services to journalism in 1957.[1][6]

Hulton photographic archive[edit]

The photographic archive of Picture Post became an important historical documentary resource. It was set up by Hulton as a semi-independent operation, officially incorporated as the Hulton Press Library in 1947. It was bought by the BBC in 1958 and incorporated into the Radio Times photo archive, which was then sold to Brian Deutsch in 1988. In 1996 the Hulton Picture Collection was bought for £8.6m by Getty Images, who has retained the Hulton Archive as a featured resource within its large holdings.[7]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Seymour-Ure, Colin. "Hulton, Sir Edward George Warris (1906–1988), magazine publisher and writer". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40161. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sir Edward Hulton, founder of Picture Post, dies". Associated Press. 9 October 1988. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "FreeBMD – Search". Retrieved 24 August 2013. Births Mar 1907 – Surname: Hulton, Given Name: Edward George W, District: Knaresborough, Volume: 9a, Page: 92 
  4. ^ Baker, Richard Anthony (25 October 2005). "Music hall of fame – Millie Lindon". The Stage.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Millie then married the Manchester newspaper magnate Sir Edward Hulton, who founded The Daily Sketch, bought and enlarged the London Evening Standard and then sold his empire to Lord Beaverbrook for £6 million. They had two children – a daughter who died at the age of 22, and a son, Edward George Warris [sic]. 
  5. ^ "Great Britain: 1941 Committee". Time Inc. 21 April 1941. Retrieved 24 August 2013. (subscription required)
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 40960. p. 2. 1 January 1957.
  7. ^ McDonald, Sarah (15 October 2004). "Hulton Archive – History in Pictures". Getty Images. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Harrison, Graham (2008). "The Life and Times of Albert Hardy (1913–1995)". Photo Histories. Retrieved 29 August 2013. Bert Hardy was the star troubleshooting photojournalist on Picture Post, Britain's most influential picture magazine. But a story he shot in 1950 during the Korean war seemingly precipitated its decline and fall. On the seventieth anniversary of the launch of the mass-market weekly Graham Harrison turns back the pages of photographic history and looks forward to a reassessment of Hardy's career. 

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