American Express Credit Card, United States, 1970

Description
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.
date made
1970
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 11/32 in
ID Number
NU.69.235.53
catalog number
69.235.53
accession number
287686
serial number
007 035 157 2 200AX
Credit Line
V. Clain Stefanelli
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
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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

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