Sir Edward Hulton (Born 1906) was a British writer and magazine publisher. He was an illegitimate son of a racehorse owner and publisher. His mother Millicent Warris was a music hall artist who was also known by the stage name Millie Lindon. Hulton was educated at Harrow School, and in 1925 he went up to Brasenose College, Oxford, but left in December 1926 without a degree. In 1937, he founded the Hulton Press, buying Farmer’s Weekly. His company went on to publish the Picture Post, Lilliput, Eagle and Girl for children, and the Leader Magazine. During the 2nd World War, Hulton was a member of a group of British Politicians called the 1941 Committee. The group consisted of politicians, writers and other people of influence but who were generally not involved with any political party but who came together to press for more efficient production to enhance the war effort. Hulton was among the people who funded the Home Guard training school at Osterly Park.
He was involved in organizing a private supply of weapons from the United States. In 1929, he stood as a Conservative candidate at Leek but he was never successful. He welcomed Attlee’s 1945 government, and his 1943 book entitled The New Age supported a mixed welfare-state economy. In 1957, he discontinued the Picture Post and two years later, he sold the Hulton Press to Odhams. In the same year, Hulton was knighted for services to journalism. In 1996 Getty Images bought the Hulton Picture Collection for 8.6m pounds. Getty Images who has retained Hulton’s Archive as a featured resource within its large holdings.