Check out Caitlin McDevitt’s slideshow over at The Big Money chronicling how the look of credit cards has changed since 1951, when the first Diner’s Club card was issued. "The idea behind it-a third party facilitating a 'buy-now, pay-later’ process-was revolutionary," she writes. The show includes the flashy gold American Express Executive Card, ancestor of the company’s ultimate tool of conspicuous consumption , the titanium Centurion Black Card. Also represented in the lineup are the university logo cards our alma maters used to actively market to freshmen-until they got caught .
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial
Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment
Natasha Lyonne Is Coming to the Live Culture Gabfest. Are You?
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.