American Express Card

American Express was founded in 1850 in order to transport goods the US Postal Service would not deliver. By the end of the Civil War, there were over 900 American Express offices in 10 states. In the 1880s, the company expanded into financial services with money orders, and in the 1890s, they began offering Traveler’s Cheques. The financial services offered by the company eventually became its mainstay, and American Express offered its first charge card in 1958 in order to compete with Diner’s Club.
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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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
V. Clain Stefanelli

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