Esquire Club Credit Card, United States, 1957

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The Esquire Club Credit Card and Directory Guide was issued by Esquire magazine beginning in 1956. It functioned similarly to the Diners’ Club card, allowing consumers to pay for meals and hotels with credit instead of cash at locations involved in the cards plan. The Diners’ Club card helped popularize credit card payments during the 1950s, and its success prompted other companies to issue their own cards to capitalize on the trend. As the credit card business grew, it also began to consolidate, with Diners’ Club acquiring Esquire Club in 1958 to compete with American Express. This card belonged to Alfred Bloomingdale, President of Diners’ Club.
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United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5.7 cm x 9.6 cm x .3 cm; 2 1/4 in x 3 25/32 in x 1/8 in
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Credit Line
Bloomingdale, Alfred
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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