Evolution of credit card?
Asked by Sasmita Khuntia, 03 Oct '08 05:54 pm
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The concept of using a card for purchases was described in 1887 by Edward Bellamy in his utopian novel Looking Backward. Bellamy used the term credit card eleven times in this novel. The modern credit card was the successor of a variety of merchant credit schemes. It was first used in the 1920s, in the United States, specifically to sell fuel to a growing number of automobile owners. In 1938 several companies started to accept each other's cards. Western Union had begun issuing charge cards to its frequent customers in 1914. Some charge cards were printed on paper card stock, but were easily counterfeited. The Charga-Plate was an early predecessor to the credit card and used during the 1930s and late 1940s. It was a 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" rectangle of sheet metal, similar to a military dog tag, that was embossed with the customer's name, city and state (no address). It held a small paper card for a signature. It was laid in the imprinter first, then a charge slip on top of ...moreAnswered by Jack Johnson, 03 Oct '08 06:00 pm
Increases your expenditureAnswered by ashwani, 03 Oct '08 05:59 pm
As usual americans are behind this evil which encourages people to spend money that they do have.Answered by krishnan, 03 Oct '08 05:49 pm