Diner Club Card Cartoon, Number 467-821

Description
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 cartoon depicts a man checking in at the airport. Dressed in a suit with a bow tie, a hat, and a walking stick, the client stands on one side of the desk. One of his suitcases is on the ground and another sits on the platform between himself and the airline staff. The staff person holds the client’s credit card as he reads the number aloud. A caption, handwritten in pencil, says “Number 467–821. Right, sir.” This is the first drawing in a series of six.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing cartoon
date made
ca 1960
maker
Key, Ted
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 280 mm x 190 mm; 11 1/32 in x 7 15/32 in
ID Number
NU*75.55.17
catalog number
75.55.17
accession number
320774
subject
Art - Currency
Economics
Cartoon Characters
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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