Sells Ltd

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Sells Ltd
Founded London, England, (1869 (1869))
Founder Henry Sell
Headquarters England
Key people
  • Henry Sell (Founder)
  • Alfred Sell (Brother of founder)
  • Charles Sell (Future head of company)

Sells Ltd, an advertising agency, was opened in 1869 in London.[1] By 1900, it was the largest agency in the world with offices in London, Paris, Edinburgh and Montreal. In the 1950s it made advertising history when it appointed the first woman to be a managing director in the business. Olive Hirst had joined Sells in 1931 as a typist and then worked across a number of departments. In January 1950, she was the first women to be appointed to the Board and in 1954 she took over the managing directors role.[2]

The agency won the Layton Trophy in 1959.[2]

The agency was merged with another in the 1960s.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sells Ltd". History of Advertising Trust. 
  2. ^ a b "Olive Hirst". The Times (64893). London. 4 March 1994. p. 21. 

Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°06′32″W / 51.51389°N 0.10889°W / 51.51389; -0.10889