Gourmet's Guest Club Credit Card, United Statesm 1957

Description:

This Gourmet’s Guest Club Credit Card and store Directory was owned by Richard F. O’Mara, of O’Mara & Flodin Inc. around 1956. Club credit cards like this were ideal for company expense accounts, as it provided accurate accounting with its monthly billings. The Gourmet’s Guest Club Credit Card was established by Gourmet magazine around 1954. It functioned similarly to the Diners’ Club card, allowing consumers to pay for meals and hotels with credit instead of cash. 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. The card came with a booklet listing the 600 hotels and restaurants that accepted Gourmet’s Guest Club. As the credit card business grew, it also began to consolidate, with American Express acquiring Gourmet Guest Club in 1958 to compete with Diners’ Club.

Date Made: 1957

Signatory: O'Mara, Richard F.Issuing Authority: Gourmet's Guest Club

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesPlace Of Issue: United States

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Credit Line: Bloomingdale, Alfred

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.72.66.119Accession Number: 301409Catalog Number: 72.66.119

Object Name: credit card

Physical Description: paper (overall materials)Measurements: overall: 102 mm x 63 mm x .3 cm; 4 1/32 in x 2 15/32 in x 1/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-098f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1181901

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