Diner Club Card Cartoon- 467-821

Cartoonist Ted Key drew this six-cartoon series titled “467-821” around 1960. The series depicted cardholder number “467-821” making a verity of lavish expenditures before winding up in prison, warning of the dangers of overspending on credit. The drawing is done with ink brush lines over ink washes and white corrective fluid. These original prints were collected by Alfred Bloomingdale, one of the founders of Diners’ Club. Diners’ Club was one of the first consumer credit cards, heralding a new era of consumer spending.
This image is drawing number five in a series of six. In this cartoon, a well-dressed client browses through jewelry on display in an upscale jewelry store. Meanwhile, a salesman with tails and pinstripe trousers stands behind the counter and reads the client’s credit card number into a telephone receiver. A caption, handwritten in pencil, says “467-821.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1960
Key, Ted
place made
United States
Physical Description
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paper (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 19.1 cm x .01 cm; 11 1/32 in x 7 17/32 in x in
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Credit Line
Bloomingdale, Alfred
Cartoon Characters
Art - Currency
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Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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