First & Merchants BankMaster Charge Card, United States, 1978

First & Merchants BankMaster Charge Card, United States, 1978

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Master Charge was founded in 1966 as the Interbank Card Association to compete with the BankAmericard (later Visa). In 1969 the Interbank Card was renamed to Master Charge: The Interbank Card. The red and orange overlapping circles were adopted at this time as the logo for the company. In 1979 the card was renamed again and became MasterCard.
Object Name
credit card
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5.5 cm x 8.5 cm x.15 cm; 2 5/32 in x 3 11/32 in x 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
Credit Line
E. 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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