Washington Shopping Plate Credit Card

The Washington Shopping Plate was a credit card issued to shoppers in Washington, D.C., that they could use to make purchases at local department stores. The first cards were issued in October 1950 and were good at Hecht’s, Jelleff’s, Kann’s, Lansburgh’s, Raleigh's, and Garfinkel's. It was first issued as an embossed metal plate before becoming the blue plastic card seen here. In 1974 a large D.C. retailer began accepting a national credit card (American Express), which signaled the end of the Washington Shopping Plate.
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5.5 cm x 8.5 cm x .2 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 11/32 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
220 338 23
Credit Line
E. Clain-Stefanelli
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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


Interesting, as I used to work with the Clain-Stefanellis in the Division of Numismatics at American History.
The card also included Woodward and Lothrop. If you would like another, I still have my mother's. BTW, I was Director of Education at NMAH from 1974-81.

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