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.
Object Name
credit card
date made
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 11/32 in
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
E. Clain-Stefanelli
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
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