albert lasker


  • [6][1] After he worked as an office boy for a year, one of the agency’s salesmen left, and Lasker acquired his territory.

  • Lasker, known as the “father of modern advertising,” [7] made Chicago his base 1898–1942.

  • Albert Davis Lasker (May 1, 1880 – May 30, 1952) was an American businessman who played a major role in shaping modern advertising.

  • Lasker took the job on the condition that he would serve no more than two years.

  • [18] Lasker, who had no previous experience in the shipping business before his appointment, true to his word, ended his service in office on July 1, 1923.

  • Their campaign was so successful that, within four months of running the first ad, they attracted additional clients and their “advertising spend” went from $15,000 a year
    to $30,000 a month.

  • During this time, Lasker created his first campaign.

  • In 1925, he sold the team to one of his minor partners, William Wrigley Jr. Lasker became the second-largest shareholder in the Pepsodent company,[13] which had become an
    L&T client in 1916.

  • He was a key advisor in the 1920 Harding campaign, which resulted in one of the largest landslides in history, as Warren G. Harding appealed for votes in newsreels, billboards
    and newspaper ads[16] and aimed advertising at women who had recently achieved the right to vote.

  • Following the Great Depression, Lasker donated the entire property to the University of Chicago.

  • [19] Later years After 30 years as its chief executive, Lasker sold the firm to three senior executives.

  • At the time, he was only the third man of Jewish descent to have been appointed to such a high post in the federal government.

  • Within six months, their firm was one of the three or four largest advertising agencies in the nation.

  • [21] On May 30, 1952, Lasker died in New York at the age of 72.

  • In 1898 his father, who disapproved of journalism,[5] persuaded Lasker to move to Chicago to try an advertising position at Lord & Thomas.

  • [1] Lasker, along with his business partner Charles Weeghman, are credited with moving the Cubs into the club’s current home, Wrigley Field.

  • Chicago, along with New York, was the center of the nation’s advertising industry.

  • The family returned to Galveston within six months, and Lasker spent the rest of his childhood in Texas.

  • [17] Lasker inherited a large mess, with over 2,300 ships under Shipping Board control losing money every day.

  • George Wilson, president of the Ear Drum company, adopted the ads and his sales increased.

  • Moving to Chicago, he became a partner in the advertising firm of Lord & Thomas.


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