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Jesse Shwayder - click to enlarge The Golden Rule Marble was the brainchild of Jesse Shwayder (1882-1970), founder of Shwayder Trunk Mfg. Co., which went on to become the Samsonite Corporation. They were intended to be a symbol of the Golden Rule, a philosophy on which he founded his company; "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
Vintage Golden Rule Marble - click to enlarge The plastic marbles were encircled with a gold-tone band which bore the Golden Rule. They were distributed in a small plastic "clam-shell" box with a paper insert detailing their history and the message of the Golden Rule. They were first produced in the 1950s and every new employee received one, a tradition that continued when the company became Samsonite in 1966.
Full box of 12 - click to enlarge The marble proved so popular that they began offering them in cases of 12, available for purchase through Samsonite by those who wished to distribute them further - which many did, including The Boy Scouts of America, Mary Kay Cosmetics, The Methodist Men, the London police, the legendary Woodrow Wilson "Foots" Clements (the man behind Dr. Pepper soda) and thousands of others.
Laser-inscribed Golden Rule Marble from LandOfMarbles.com - click to enlarge Samsonite continued to receive requests for them for years after they stopped providing them in the 1970s, and in 1997 began referring requests for the marble to LandOfMarbles.com, who offered several glass versions printed with the logo in various fonts and sizes. They even offered a version with the rule inscribed in a transparent marble with a laser!
Modern Golden Rule Marble produced by Vallmar & Co. - click to enlarge In 2014 Vallmar & Co. received a request to reproduce the marble for a client's corporate gifting needs. They decided to produce the marble not only for their client, but to resurrect the concept, increasing it in size and heft, and making it available to the population once again. This latest incarnation of the Golden Rule Marble can be purchased here.
Jesse Shwayder's grave - click to enlarge When Jesse passed away in 1970, a large Golden Rule marble was used to mark his gravesite in the Emanuel section of the Fairmount Cemetery in Denver Colorado. It is a fitting tribute to the man who devoted so much of his life to spreading and living the Golden Rule!

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