How did Shell Oil get its name?

The company that eventually bore the name Shell Oil Company was originally a novelty shop in London called The Shell Shop.

In the mid-1800s, shop owner Marcus Samuel became successful selling boxes of pretty seashells.

Imported shells also brought in money, and his international trade business really expanded when he found he could also export kerosene.

The Shell Shop became Shell Transport and Trading Company, and eventually Shell Oil Company.