In Plastic We TrustJeffrey M. Laderman
The world changed radically in September, 1958, when Bank of America mailed its first BankAmericards--forerunners of Visa cards--to 60,000 customers in Fresno, Calif. No one had asked for the cards, and no one was quite sure what to do with them. They were such an oddity that people would crowd around a cash register to see someone use one.
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