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SEP 03, 2013 - Mashable

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Remember When Nokia Also Made Paper, Galoshes and Gas Masks?

Nokia started as a paper company. It was 1865, and the mining engineer Fredrik Idestam established a wood pulp mill next to the Tammerkoski Rapids in the southwest of Finland. A few years later, he opened a second mill, this one located on the banks of the Nokianvirta River — a river, apparently, named for an animal: a small mammal related to the weasel and the wolverine. But the company that derived its name from a weasel-y creature wouldn't be a one-product outfit for long. It would soon acquire a rubber factory and a telephone-and-telegraph-cable manufacturer. It would dabble in ... Read More

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