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    Eleanor Roosevelt's Metal Bloomingdale's Charge Card. The metal charge plate (charge card) 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 it's original leather carrying case embossed with the name of the store, Bloomingdale's, in script.

    The card was obtained from the estate of Edgar and Anna McGowan, both of whom 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 an early 2000 auction. Included is a photocopy of a 1945 Notice of Probate concerning FDR's estate mentioning Mrs. McGowan as a beneficiary.


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    The extended description below was supplied by the consignor. We are making it available to our web bidders who are interested in more in-depth research and broader historical perspective. Please note that presentation (i.e. framing), lot divisions, and interpretations of condition and content may occasionally differ from our descriptions. Assertions of fact and subjective observations contained in this description represent the opinion of the consignor. These remarks have not been checked for accuracy by Heritage Auctions, and we assume no responsibility for their accuracy; they are offered purely to allow the bidder insight into the way the consignor has viewed the item(s) in question. No right of return or claim of lack of authenticity or provenance based upon this extended description will be granted.

     

    An extremely rare and fabulous item, Eleanor Roosevelt's metal charge plate (charge card) issued by the prestigious department store Bloomingdale's to "MRS F D ROOSEVELT/ The White House/ WASHINGTON DC/ 79R 320 B." ER's department store charge plate/card is in very fine condition, and the plate/card is contained in its original leather carrying case embossed "Bloomingdale's" in script writing, which is also in very fine condition. This fabulous personal item from ER was obtained from the estate of Edgar and Anna McGowan, both of whom 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 an early 2000 auction. Included as additional provenance is a photocopy of a 1945 Notice of Probate concerning FDR's estate mentioning Mrs. McGowan as a beneficiary.



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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