Esquire Club Credit Card

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
credit card
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5.7 cm x 9.6 cm; 2 1/4 in x 3 25/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bloomingdale, Alfred
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.