Marvin I. Hume was born in New Jersey in 1921, the son of Maude H. (a telephone operator) and ___ Hume; his parents divorced when he was young. He attended college to study engineering, but left to join the service when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After serving in the Navy for three years he worked for an aircraft company in St. Louis. But his passion was collecting minerals and, in 1957, he gave up his engineering career to start on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He also sold shells wholesale to other shops on the New Jersey shore. Although it sounds rather like a mere tourist shop, he was a serious dealer in mineral specimens as well. George Gundaker worked for Hume, minding the shop.
The Boardwalk Rock & Shell Shop's first ad in Rocks & Minerals appeared in March-April 1958, and the ads gave the shop address as 2205 Boardwalk, through December 1960. He advertised the "largest varied stock in the East. We trade Franklin fluorescents. Collections and bulk purchased." In January 1961 Hume announced a move to 1409 Boardwalk: "We have moved to a larger store at a better location. Five times the floor space. We have thousands of fine mineral specimens." He continued to advertise until March 1969. The shop is gone now, having been supplanted by the first casino to be built in New Jersey.
One day in 1973, while Hume was making a delivery to nearby Sunset Beach, Preston Shadbolt, the owner of a shell and mineral shop there, asked if Hume wanted to buy his place. Hume agreed to a price, and they sealed the deal with a handshake. That purchase became the Sunset Beach Gift Shops. By 2006, Hume and his family owned three gift shops and leased a restaurant, the Beach Grill. Marvin's son Larry and wife Michele joined the business, with Larry taking the reins of the operation while working closely with his dad. Marvin's two daughters, Kathy and Sharon, soon joined the ranks as did Larry's mother-in-law, Jeanette.
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STRAUSS, R. (2000) Down the shore; as the sun sets red, white and blue, mix with pastels. New York Times, July 0.
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