Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Hulton Archive began as the photographic archive of the Picture Post, a British magazine owned by Sir Edward Hulton. The archive was set-up as a semi-independent operation, officially incorporated as the Hulton Press Library in 1947. When the magazine ceased operations it was bought by the BBC in 1958 and incorporated into the Radio Times photo archive, known as the BBC Hulton Picture Library. This archive was then sold to Brian Deutsch in 1988. In 1996, the Hulton Picture Collection was bought by Getty Images, who has retained the Hulton Archive as a featured resource within its large holdings.

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