Category Archives: Business

Social Musings 101: Christmas Trees

So in this posting of People who have contributed to society, I want to focus on, the Christmas Tree. So according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews used the Christmas tree to remind themselves of the importance of eternal life. The Christmas tree tradition as we currently know it came from Germany during their renaissance period. But early versions of the Christmas tree were decorated with fruit such as apples and oranges. The adding of lights to the Christmas Tree only came about after the advent of electricity. It is also believed that the garland and pine trees ward off evil spirits, so the tree is a good one to have in/around the house. So thanks to all the people involved in the tree profession that started this Christmas tree tradition. As many families have shareable memories after having gone as a family together to get trees. Many people are gainfully employed as tree picker uppers, and train and truck drivers are employed in the pickup, delivery, and processing of the trees from their original destinations. Well Happy Early Merry Holidays. You can read more about the history of Christmas Tree by clicking here. Christmas Trees. Lol

Social Musings 101

People who have contributed to society……..

In this post of people who have given or contributed to society we are going to talk about socks.  So socks have been around for a really long time. The oldest pair of found socks was located at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, they date back to 300-500 A.D. So since sockss were created so long ago not one person is really attributed to building the beauties. But can you imagine Life without socks. No socks. Man sweaty feet……smelly feet….or always having to change the cloth around your shoes. Especially in winter time…socks come in handy so much. If you have ever worked a job where you have to stand for long periods of time then you understand. As you can wear multiple pairs of socks that act as a cushion to your heel and foot. So thank you to all the people over the centuries who have contributed to the sock and perfected the sock and made it what it is……….Thanks again…..to read more about the history of the sock. Click the link.

People Who Have Contributed to Society……..

People Who Have Contributed to Society…….

Before we start this post I want to take a moment of silence to remember Mr. JFK was assassinated today………..may he rest in peace……….

The person who were are going to discuss today in relation to his contribution to society is none other than Albert L. Marsh. Mr. Marsh  created a metal alloy that could be used as a heating element and could withstand high-resistance  than the metal that was currently being made at the time. This discovery was helpful in the introduction of the electric heater…..now I know some of you are wrapped in a blanket as you’re reading this or in pajamas with the heater going…so if you have an electric heater blowing you can give thanks to Mr. Marsh as he diligently tried out different configurations until one worked. Read more about Mr. Marsh by clicking the link.

 

People Who Have Contributed to Society………

So the next person on the list of people who have contributed to society is Clara Barton. Clara Barton traveled overseas and was doing humanitarian work and decided to bring the Red Cross to the U.S. Clara Barton responded to the first two majors U.S disasters the Thumb fire and Johnstown Flood. So Clara after those disasters instead of having random people helping had an organization that was organized and able to give people Hope when they needed it the most. How many times not only here but in the world has the red cross shown up to help people with water, clothes, food and money. Plus the red cross that collects blood saves a lot of lives through blood transplants and what not……so thanks again Clara…read more about Clara’s contribution to society here….Click the link. Clara Barton’s Contribution to Society….

The history of Credit-Suisse

Credit Suisse was started in 1856 by Alfred Escher. He created the company to create and fund a private railroad system for Switzerland. He only wanted to sell 3 million shares to get the company started…but he received 218 million shares in 3 days. The company focused mostly on mid-term and short-term loans when it began. Credit-Suisse also helped with the financing and development of other railroad systems, electrical-grids, currency, and helped fund entrepreneurs. During the financial crisis of the housing subprime market Credit Suisse was the least affected bank. Read more about the history of Credit-Suisse…..Click the link.

The History of ING

ING got its start from 2 companies that started out providing insurance and banking services for the Dutch government in the Netherlands. The company provided insurance services to the Dutch as Fire insurance company of the Netherlands established 1845. This company over time grew and expanded outside of the Netherlands…..the second company was an idea for families and individuals to save money….(The Postal Savings System which is a way for people without bank accounts to save money)…..then both of these companies were privatized…and then they acquired, acquired, acquired, other companies and grew into the organization that it is today.

Read more about the history of ING……Click the link.

The history of Subway

Subway was started by Fred DeLuca in 1965……with a $1,000 loan. (That $1,000.00 would currently be $7,425.90 dollars…according to this calculator….(http://futureboy.homeip.net/fsp/dollar.fsp?quantity=1000&currency=dollars&fromYear=1965).

Fred came up with a holding name for the company called Doctor’s Associates as he wanted the company to make enough money so that he could pay for his medical school tuition…. On a side note Eric Thomas(motivational speaker)  always says what’s your why? I think his why was strong enough…..paying for medical school so he wasn’t perpetually in debt? I think so……Read more about the history of Subway…..click the link.

The History of FedEx

So legend has it although some debate it that while in college Fred Smith came up with the idea to streamline the transportation of parcels in the U.S. Smith came up with a plan that made the movement quicker and more efficient………he started the company in Little Rock, Arkansas…but the airport there didn’t help him out…so he moved the company to Memphis, Tennessee….airport…and the company was off….he started off with 14 small jets that he used to transport the packages…the company had financial problems as well but kept on going…and finally with the help of some bigger banks re-capitalized the company and made it into what it is today…even when the company made mistakes…at the helm he would re-correct the course of the company..and now 1000’s of people are gainfully employed..by this great man and his idea……enjoying reading about the history of fedex…click the link.

The history of Ericsson

Ericsson was started by Lars Magnus Ericsson. He worked for a company that made telegraph equipment for the Swedish government. Lars got the idea to start a telegraph repair company (probably after seeing how long it took his company to repair things). Lars moved from telegraph repair into repair foreign made telephones and then finally making his own telephones. Lars had a major market share of his phones in Sweden. But Bell Telephone  company brought the biggest telephone network in Sweden and only allowed their equipment and phones to be used with the network…effectively squeezing any competition out of the pipeline…but do not dismay…as that didn’t deter Lars. Lars kept pushing and found niche markets in Russia, Britain, Mexico, and South America. Another telephone network in Sweden opened up and made Lars one of his main providers of telephone equipment since he couldn’t contract with Bell or use  Bell’s systems per their company policy…….So right place at the right time?…..Lucky….who knows…..I think it was a combination of mindset and determination that no matter what happens…..I’m going to make this company succeed. Heck, most would have given up as soon as Bell came to town and said..well how can I compete with Bell? They are a powerhouse…and now what do you know? Ericsson is in the U.S. now…..Click the link…..Read about the history of Ericsson.

The history of Santander Group

Well there wasn’t very much information listed in regards to the history of the company. But it started in 1857 and was given the approval or decree by Queen Elizabeth II. The company was primarily involved in worldwide trader. The bank was founded on the port of Santander in Northern Spain. According to Wikipedia this was the hub of trade between Spain and Latin America…so we can assume that among things traded here, where furs, jewelry, gold, various wares, and other means of economic commerce. Click the link, read about the history of the Santander Group.