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 two gentlemen, a customer and a salesman, in the fitting room of a store. The customer, who is examining himself before a mirror, is wearing a new suit that needs alterations. There are large cuffs on the pants and there is a tag on the sleeve of the suit. The salesman drapes a tape measure over his shoulder as he reads the customer’s credit card number aloud—making sure he will be paid for the alterations he is about to begin. This is the fourth drawing in a series of six.
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Object Name
drawing cartoon
date made
Key, Ted
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 280 mm x 190 mm; 11 1/32 in x 7 15/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Art - Currency
Cartoon Characters
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bloomingdale, Alfred
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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