Our Founder Chris
Dowgin has strong ties going back to the nineteenth
century England and one of their largest publishing
dynasties. Which was all ruined when the founder of
that publishing interest became an ass. Resulting in
his great grandfather leaving England for New York to
run a successful Broadway print shop, marry an Irish
wife (which was something since his mother was a daughter
of an Englsih lord) , have 4 giant dancing daughters,
and another son to name Edward. I think there has been
an Edward in the family going back to the 1700's at
In defense of the
ass, I think a relative of his was responsible for the
Peterloo Massacre. See we might of had Water Gate which
inspired Clinton Gate and so on. They had Waterloo.
Then Napoleon was in vogue and he recently got his arse
handed to him and Water-LOO. So you get the hint. Well
this other ass led a cavalry charge into a union demonstration
filled with women and children. Then his great grandfather's
father would leave his mark on history too. He founded
the Clarion Movement, a great labor activist group.
He founded it by firing Robert Blanchard for his liberal
views who went off to create the famous cycling club
and its newspaper.
Well his Grandfather
Edward G. Hulton created the Manchester Evening
Chronicle (1897) and the Daily Dispatch
(1900) in Manchester England after being pulled out
of school to run his father's newspapers. He wanted
to be a priest beforehand which explains why he has
one cousin who was a nun and a very Catholic Grandmother.
Back in England his father finds someone , a Mr. Lytham,who
looks enough like him at a race track to continue in
his place and then dies within the year in 1904. This
Mr. Lytham still would register his horses to race at
the tracks under this name.
See the dynasty
was founded when Edward Hulton senior would sneak into
the Manchester Guardian at night where
he worked as a compositor to print a betting sheet.
He loved horses. So after he got fired he had a gentleman
who owned lots of sheep finance the first of his athletic
papers. Sports sheet turned into daily times and so
To the imposter's
credit he will start at least three more papers, have
an illegitimate son to pass the company to, and sell
off most of their holdings in spite to a lord, who would
later turn into a Nazi sympathizer, before he dies young
in 1925 at 56 years of age. In fact 2 months before
he dies he ventures to NYC to find his great grandfather
to return the family fortune to him. In response he
said they were the Hulton's of England and he was now
the Hulton of America and they should keep their money.
I think he took some money with him when he left England.
His daughters were raised on the polo field, drove fast
cars, and his home in 1940 was worth $15,000. Now the
Imposter's illegitimate son, he became the most famous
appearing in James Herriot's All Creature's
Great and Small and created England's answer
to Life magazine, The Picture
Post. His photographic archive would later
merge with Getty to become the Hulton Getty
So Chris is hoping
publishing is in his genes or else he will have to resolve
to live under a pile of leaves on the side of a hill
like a Hobbit.....
Listing of Newspapers the Hulton's had Owned.
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