Diners' Club Credit Card, United States, 1957


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 or digital payments, being freed from carrying an excessive amount of cash by simply presenting you Diners’ Club card was novel. At the end of the month, Diners’ Club would bill their members and send the payment to the restaurant, taking out a 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. Alfred Bloomingdale used this card prior to its expiration date on September 30, 1957.

Date Made: 1957

Maker: Diner's Club of America

Place Made: United States

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, American Enterprise, Coins, Currency and Medals

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Bloomingdale, Alfred

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.72.66.31Catalog Number: 72.66.31Accession Number: 301409Serial Number: 2000

Object Name: credit card

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5.5 cm x 9.9 cm x .3 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 29/32 in x 1/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-dd6b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1445317

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