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Catalog Number 2013.062.006a-b
Object Name Card, Credit
Description Hochschild Kohn & Co. charge plate (precursor to the credit card), in original leather case. Assigned to Mrs. Jacob Labovitz, 3308 Springdale Ave, Baltimore, Md. Name and address are embossed in metal on the face of the plate; carbon charge receipts would be run over the plate, imprinting the information. On the reverse is a piece of paper, printed: "Hochschild, Kohn & Co., Baltimore, Md. Please sign name here in ink." [it is unsigned.]
The leather case is a greenish-black color, rather worn at the edges. One side is marked "Hochschild, Kohn & Co." and the other "Baltimore, Md."
Charge plates were a precursor to a credit card, allowing a specific, assigned shopper to make purchases on credit at a specific, assigned store. The plate indicated that the shopper was allowed to make credit purchases, and also made the transfer of information simple.

If used by the Mrs. Jacob Labovitz currently noted in PP, then it was used prior to her death in 1950.
Year Range to 1950
People Labovitz, Rebecca Ziff
Subjects Shopping
Search Terms Hochschild, Kohn & Co.
Baltimore, Md.
Notes Hochschild Kohn & Co. charge plate Mrs. Jacob Labovitz
Dimension type 1
Imagefile 147\2013062006ab-2.JPG
Lexicon sub-category Exchange Medium