Washington Shopping Plate Credit Card

Description
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
n.d.
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
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
NU.84.17.26
catalog number
84.17.26
accession number
1984.0606
serial number
220 338 23
Credit Line
E. Clain-Stefanelli
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

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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