Charga-Plate in Red Leather Case

The Charga-Plate was trademarked by the Farrington Manufacturing Company. It was a metal, dog-tag style plate with a customer’s name and city of residence imprinted on it, with a paper backing that the customer could sign. They were typically issued by large scale merchants for customers to use as store credit for that retailer. They were developed as early as 1928 and issued primarily during the 1930s-1950s.
Object Name
credit card
date made
Farrington Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
aluminum (part: material)
paper (part: material)
leather (container material)
overall: 4 cm x 6.6 cm; 1 9/16 in x 2 19/32 in
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
V. Clain Stefanelli
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