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Charga-Plate Credit Token, 1930 to 1950, Where it all began

This Charga-Plate is a predecessor to today's credit cards. It was used during the period of the 1930s to 1950s. This is where it all began.

Charga-Plate Credit Token, 1930 to 1950, Where it all began

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This Charga-Plate is a predecessor to today's credit cards. It was used during the period of the 1930s to 1950s. This is where it all began.

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From Wikipedia:
"The Charga-Plate, developed in 1928, was an early predecessor to the credit card and used in the U.S. from the 1930s to the late 1950s. It was a 2.5 inch 1.25 inch rectangle of sheet metal related to military dog tag systems. It was embossed with the customer's name, city, and state. It held a small paper card on its back for a signature. In recording a purchase, the plate was laid into a recess in the imprinter, with a paper "charge slip" positioned on top of it. The record of the transaction included an impression of the embossed information, made by the imprinter pressing an inked ribbon against the charge slip. Charga-Plates were issued by large-scale merchants to their regular customers, much like department store credit cards of today. In some cases, the plates were kept in the issuing store rather than held by customers. When an authorized user made a purchase, a clerk retrieved the plate from the store's files and then processed the purchase."


This particular plate was issued to a lady named Sophie Wiig who lived in Walnut Creek California. I purchased it at an estate sale.

Although small, when mailed I will wrap it from protection and by doing so it will exceed the postal limit of 1/4 inch thickness and can not be mailed in a standard envelope. It will have to mail out as a First Class Mail parcel. Buyer to pay $3.50 delivery charges.

To avoid duplicate shipping charges, please contact seller for combined shipping charges if multiple purchases are desired.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING depends on the country. Buyer must contact seller for shipping quote before making purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.

All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.

This Charga-Plate is a predecessor to today's credit cards. It was used during the period of the 1930s to 1950s. This is where it all began.
Charga-Plate Credit Token
This Charga-Plate is a predecessor to today's credit cards. It was used during the period of the 1930s to 1950s. This is where it all began.