ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S Metal BLOOMINGDALE'S Charge Card
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S METAL BLOOMINGDALE'S CHARGE CARD
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (1882 - 1945) often referred to by his initials FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945 and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt were fifth cousins but were close. FDR's wife Eleanor Roosevelt was Theodore's orphaned niece who he gave away in marriage to "cousin Franklin" in 1905.
This metal charge plate (charge card) was issued by the prestigious department store Bloomingdale's to "MRS F D ROOSEVELT / THE WHITE HOUSE / WASHINGTON DC / 79R 320 B. The precursor to the modern credit card, the charge plate (2.5" x 1.25") is in its original leather carrying case, embossed with the name of the store in script. The card was obtained from the estate of Edgar and Anna McGowan, both of whm served the Roosevelt family at their summer retreat at Campobello until the 1950s, Edgar as groundskeeper and Anna as head of the household staff. After Anna's death in 1955, the items remained in her family until and early 2000 auction. Included is a photocopy (not shown) of a 1945 Notice of Probate concerning FDR's estate mentioning Mrs. McGowan as a beneficiary. The leather case has some surface wear, especially at the edges, but is in very good condition, while the metal charge plate is in excellent condition.
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