Diner Club Card Cartoon, Number 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 cartoon shows a man checking into a hotel. The client leans over a desk signing in as a bellboy stands just behind him. Behind the desk, a clerk reads the client’s credit card number aloud. A caption, handwritten in pencil, says “Nice to have you with us, sir. Number 467–821.” This is the second drawing in a series of six.
date made
ca 1960
Key, Ted
place made
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 28 cm x 19 cm x .01 cm; 11 1/32 in x 7 15/32 in x in
ID Number
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Credit Line
Bloomingdale, Alfred
Art - Currency
Cartoon Characters
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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