Ad Hall of Fame opens with 10 industry giants

June 1999
Advertising Age;6/14/1999, Vol. 70 Issue 25, p77
Trade Publication
This article presents the history of advertising Hall of Fame. The first 10 individuals selected for advertising's Hall of Fame were revealed at a dinner in Houston, Texas in June 1949. These individuals were: John Wanamaker, pioneer in the use of newspaper advertising; John Romer, editor and publisher of Printers' Ink; Cyrus Curtis, founder of Curtis Publishing; William Johns, developer of advertising standards; Alfred Erickson, founder of his own agency; Lewis Jones, ad manager for Eastman Kodak; E. T. Meredith, founder of Meredith Publishing; Rollins Ayres, founder of the first California agency; Theodore Macmanus, a copywriter; and Walter Strong, publisher of Chicago Daily News. These people were honored for their special achievement in the upbuilding and advancement of the social and economic values of advertising.


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