Credit and Charge Cards

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Credit and Charge Cards

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Items in the Credit and Charge Cards Collection

Bank Americard credit card
Store branded credit card. In September 1958, Bank of America launched the BankAmericard in Fresno, California, which would become the first successful recognizably modern credit card linked to a bank account. It was eventually licensed to other…

Rich's Credit Card
Store branded credit card built for an IBM machine (plastic, but punch card based).

Carte Blanche credit card specimen ("John Modern")
Specimen of paper charge card, used for promotional purposes.

Carte Blanche credit card specimen ("Jane Modern")
Specimen of paper charge card, for promotional purposes.

Fort Worth Tire Company credit card
Paper charge card from the Fort Worth Tire Company. Older paper merchant cards like these were forerunners of the credit card that we are familiar with today. Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_card#Charga-Plate

John Wanamaker Charga Plate Card
Charga Plate credit card from the Gimbel Brothers store in New York, with leather case and receipt. Charga plate cards were the predecessors of credit cards, issued by department stores to regular customers. They were used from the 1930s to the late…

The F & R Lazarus & Co. charge plate credit card
Charga Plate credit card with leather case. Charga plate cards were the predecessors of credit cards, issued by department stores to regular customers. They were used from the 1930s to the late 1950s. It was a 2½ in × 1¼ in rectangle of sheet…

Gimbel Brothers - Charga Plate Card
Charga Plate credit card from the Gimbel Brothers store in New York, with leather case. Charga plate cards were the predecessors of credit cards, issued by department stores to regular customers. They were used from the 1930s to the late 1950s. It…

Santander EMV chip credit card
This is an EMV MasterCard (Platinum Flame) from Brazil.

MasterCard credit card holder
Black plastic MasterCard credit card holder/wallet with "London in your pocket: Priceless" written on it