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When were credit cards invented?

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March 18, 2005 9:31AM

Credit cards were first thrown down in 1951. That's when 200 brave, pre-approved soouls were able to present their Diner's Club cards at 27 different New York City restaurants. On 1949 Frank McNamara went to dinner at Major's CAbin Grill and forgot his wallet. After talking his way out of doing the dishes to cover his tab, McNamara thought, "Never again!" In February of 1950, he and a partner founded Diner's Club and returned to Major's with a small cardboard card. Frank signed for dinner without a hassle, and the event was eventually dubbed "the First Supper." According to American Consumer Credit Sounselling, the total U.S. credit card debt in the first quarter of 2002 was approx. $60 billion. The average credit card interest rate is around 18.9%. Approx. 1/2 of all credit card holders pya only their minimum monthly requirements. There are a total of 1.2 billion and retail cards in North America. The average American household is solicited 7 times a year by credit card companies. Total consumer credit: 1.7 trillion Credit card debt carried by the average American: $8,562 Total finance charges Americans paid in 2001: $50 billion Percent of U.S. houshold deemed credit worthy by the lending industry: 78% Number of credit card holders who delared bankrupcy last year: 1.3 million