Sample American Express Credit Card, United States, 1963

Sample American Express Credit Card, United States, 1963

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American Express was founded in 1850 in order to transport goods the U.S. Postal Service would not deliver. By the end of the Civil War, there were over nine hundred American Express offices in ten states. In the 1880s the company expanded into financial services with money orders, and in the 1890s they began offering Traveler’s Cheques. The financial services offered by the company eventually became its mainstay, and American Express offered its first charge card in 1958 in order to compete with Diners’ Club.
Object Name
credit card
date made
Associated Date
American Express Company
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5.4 cm x 8.6 cm x.2 cm; 2 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
78 9
Credit Line
American Express Company
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Coins, Currency and Medals
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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