Diners' Club Australia Credit Card

Description
Founded by Frank McNamara in 1950, the Diners' Club Card was among the country’s earliest charge cards. Before the time of plastic credit cards and digital payments, the novelty of paying for an expensive meal by using the Diners’ Club card made membership a status symbol. At the end of the month, Diners’ Club would bill their members and send the payment to the restaurant, minus their 5-7% processing fee. Alfred Bloomingdale’s charge card company, “Dine and Sign” merged with Diners’ Club in 1951, when he became The Diners’ Club president. This card was only valid in Australia, and expired in September, 1956. As Diners’ Club became more popular it was often used as a payment method for tourists during their travels, freeing them from constantly changing money or traveler’s cheques.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
credit card
date made
1957
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 3/4 in
place made
United States
ID Number
NU*72.66.29
catalog number
72.66.29
accession number
301409
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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