The collection reflects broadly the professional life of American businessman and philanthropist Albert D. Lasker, as well
as other family members including Mary Lasker, Edward Lasker, Frances Lasker Brody, and Mary Lasker Block.
Albert D. Lasker was an American businessman who is often considered to be the founder of modern advertising. Lasker, who
was Jewish, was born in Germany in 1880 and raised in Galveston, Texas. In 1898 he moved to Chicago and got an advertising
position at Lord & Thomas. In 1903, after Lord retired, Lasker purchased his share and became a partner. He purchased the
firm in 1912. Lasker worked on and created advertising for several large companies including: Lucky Strikes, Palmolive, Pepsodent,
Kotex, and Kleenex. In 1921, President Harding appointed Lasker to the United States Shipping Board; he served for two years.
After thirty years at Lord & Thomas, Lasker sold the firm to three senior executives. Lasker and his third wife, Mary, became
nationally prominent art collectors and philanthropists. Together they founded and endowed the Lasker Award, which has recognized
the work of many leading scientists and researchers, particularly in the field of medical research. His uncle was German liberal
politician Eduard Lasker. Albert D. Lasker died in 1952.
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