Neiman Marcus Charge Card

This Neiman Marcus store charge card belonged to Ms. Joanne Klein during the 1980s. In the early 1900s store credit cards—or charge plates—were issued to specific customers who would pay the balance to the store at the end of the month. While a store-issued charge card was once a way to extend credit to reputable customers, by the 1980s they became an avenue for department stores to encourage repeat shoppers and store loyalty by providing perks through store credit cards. Before the adoption of magnetic strips on cards, mechanical card imprinting machines put the embossed customer’s name and identification number on a form with their receipt that linked their credit card to their purchases.
Object Name
store card
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 1/32 in; 3.175 cm x 8.89 cm x .07938 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joanne and James A. Klein

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