The History of Credit Cards [Infographic]

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The credit card has evolved since 1950 into the modern form we recognize today, but the idea stretches back to 1888, with the publication of a science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy. Since the late 1890s, merchants searched for a new way to charge customers, and since then, the idea of charge coins, cards, and plates have assumed some strange and interesting forms.

Take a look at the full history of the credit card in our infographic below.

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