Safe/Haven Update

Due to a private event, the exhibition Safe/Haven will be closed to visitors from 2–5 pm on Friday, May 14.

Bonwit Teller charge card

Object Number: 
2017.36.8
Date: 
1960s-1970s
Medium: 
Plastic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (4.4 × 8.9 cm)
Marks: 
Inscriptions: 
Description: 

Purple, plastic card with rounded corners, printed in green and white. Marked on recto: “BONWIT TELLER / [graphic of bouquet of flowers] [embossed] 261 70 299 / [embossed] MISS VIVIAN AWNER / [embossed] 890 WEST END AVE / [embossed] NEW YORK NY 10025.” Marked on verso: “[signature in blue ink] Vivian Awner / PLEASE SIGN HERE IN INK / THIS CARD IDENTIFIES YOU AS A BONWIT CUSTOMER. / IT WILL BE HONORED AT ALL BONWIT TELLER STORES, / AND SHOPPING WILL BE SO MUCH EASIER IF YOU / REMEMBER TO CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.”

Gallery Label: 

This charge card issued by Bonwit Teller, a New York City department store open from 1895 to 1989.

Bibliography: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Vivian Awner
Provenance: 
Place Made: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group