Gourmet's Guest Club Credit Card, United Statesm 1957

Description
This Gourmet’s Guest Club Credit Card and store Directory was owned by Richard F. O’Mara, of O’Mara & Flodin Inc. around 1956. Club credit cards like this were ideal for company expense accounts, as it provided accurate accounting with its monthly billings. The Gourmet’s Guest Club Credit Card was established by Gourmet magazine around 1954. It functioned similarly to the Diners’ Club card, allowing consumers to pay for meals and hotels with credit instead of cash. The Diners’ Club card helped popularize credit card payments during the 1950s, and its success prompted other companies to issue their own cards to capitalize on the trend. The card came with a booklet listing the 600 hotels and restaurants that accepted Gourmet’s Guest Club. As the credit card business grew, it also began to consolidate, with American Express acquiring Gourmet Guest Club in 1958 to compete with Diners’ Club.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
credit card
date made
1957
signatory
O'Mara, Richard F.
issuing authority
Gourmet's Guest Club
Physical Description
paper (overall materials)
Measurements
overall: 102 mm x 63 mm x .3 cm; 4 1/32 in x 2 15/32 in x 1/8 in
place made
United States
place of issue
United States
ID Number
NU*72.66.119
accession number
301409
catalog number
72.66.119
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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