I received todays little learning snippet via a random e-mail from a Yahoo group, but I didn’t believe it. So obviously I did a bit of research and discovered that it is in fact true. What exactly am I rambling on about? well until today I didn’t know that the massive Shell Oil company was once a small shop in London selling sea shells! How weird is that?
Marcus Samuel began selling antiques and bric-a-brac (junk then really!) from a shop in the East End of London in 1833. Shells were a sought after item in those days so Samuel expanded his business to include the sale of oriental shells. He went on to become a very succesful importer/ exporter and the rest as they say is history. Read more about it here on the Shell website
I wonder if he saw the beauty in shells or just the value. If it was the beauty I wonder what he would make of how the large oil companies, including the one born from his own business, are treating the environment? What do you think?
Incidentally while we are on the subject did you know that the roar we hear when we place a seashell to our ears is not the sea but actually the sound of your blood rushing through the veins in the ear.