WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
LEADING THE CHARGE
Profile America — Wednesday, April 15th. To borrow from some recent advertising slogans, although many Americans couldn't imagine leaving home without them, and they're everywhere they want to be, there was a time when credit cards were rare —issued only by individual merchants. But that proprietary limitation ended on this date in 1952, when the Franklin National Bank in New York launched a credit card for use by the customers of varied merchants. In this, the bank was following the lead of the Diners Club Card, created in 1950. Today in the U.S., credit card offers fill the mails. The financial sector, which includes some 97,000 banks, backs these offers through some 1,150 issuing establishments, which generate nearly $106 billion in annual revenue. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3810
Diners Club: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1950s/a/firstcreditcard.htm
Commercial banks/NAICS 522110: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Credit card issuers and revenue/NAICS 522210: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau