Charga-Plate in Red Leather Case, United States, 1950's

Charga-Plate in Red Leather Case, United States, 1950's

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The Charga-Plate was trademarked by the Farrington Manufacturing Company. It was a metal, dog-tag style plate with a customer’s name and city of residence imprinted on it, with a paper backing that the customer could sign. They were typically issued by large scale merchants for customers to use as store credit for that retailer. They were developed as early as 1928 and issued primarily during the 1930s-1950s.
Object Name
credit card
date made
Farrington Manufacturing Company
place made
United States
Physical Description
aluminum (part: material)
paper (part: material)
leather (container material)
overall: 4 cm x 6.6 cm; 1 9/16 in x 2 19/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli
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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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Just found my parents' chargaplates and googled to find this page. Throwing them out. Brings back memories of my mother shopping at the department stores in midtown Manhattan...
My mother, Harriet Auerswald Smajda used the Charga-PLate in Pittsburgh when shopping at the Joseph Horne Company, Gimbles, and Saks Fifth Avenue, This was in the 40s and 50s. Sadly, indicative of the times, she couldn't get credit on her own as a woman. So the plate is signed by my father, who received and paid my mother's bills. So, I have happy and sad memories on this subject.

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