Diners' Club Australia Credit Card, United States, 1957

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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.
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United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5.5 cm x 9.5 cm x .2 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 3/4 in x 3/32 in
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Bloomingdale, Alfred
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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National Museum of American History


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