There are a number of museums of science and industry in the U.S. and in the world.
I know there is no museum of commerce. Why not?
In 200 years, modern commerce has had a greater impact on the world than anything in the past including Genghis Khan. It has raised the global earnings from $3 a day where it was for three thousand years to $33 a day now. Americans earn $130 a day.
Modern commerce has increased lifespan and reduced the many pains of everyday life.
What would be in a museum of modern commerce? One wall would include the 100 most effective commercial giants, with a brief video of their accomplishments. (Rockefeller, Vail, Penney, Krupp, Weil, Gates, etc) It could be updated yearly as new giants of modern commerce emerge around the world.
There could be another wall of an additional 100 such people, with a mechanism to allow museum attendees to argue for their inclusion in the top 100.
It would have a room of major battles between commercial giants that have occurred like Rockefeller taking over the oil industry. Like the battle of AC and DC electricity. There could be a dozen battles, from various telephone companies, to the audio tape formats, to the videotape battles of VHS and Betamax.
I would have a room of battles between modern commerce and governments. The break-up of Standard Oil and its reassembly 75 years later. The break-up of railroads companies and trust companies. The battles between states in the 1840’s to provide forms for the modern corporation.
There could be many, many rooms in my imagination. Most rooms could display the evolution of products including airplanes from the various biplanes to the current Boeing-Airbus world.
The most important room in my mind would be a room of the invisible infrastructure of modern commerce. The undersea cables, the radio spectrum, the oil and gas pipelines of the world and the use of English in aviation and science journals.
Time for a museum of modern commerce.