Access Early Plastics: 1972-1978

Acknowledgement

The cards on this page have been kindly provided by Stew Mills. It's interesting to see such old cards, without magnetic stripes, and with the Master Charge logo, as opposed to the later MasterCard logo.


Sample Access card (front) from 1972 (supplied by Stew Mills)

Sample Access card (rear) from 1972 (supplied by Stew Mills)

1972

The card above is representative of the very first Access credit cards. Unfortunately not showing the original '4'-prefixed card number - but it is clear that they had no affiliation to either Master Charge or Eurocard at that time. The card carries the names of the original three banks - Lloyds Bank, National Westminster Bank and Midland Bank.



Sample Access card (front) from 1974 (supplied by Stew Mills)

Sample Access card (rear) from 1974 (supplied by Stew Mills)

1974

Now sporting the Master Charge and Eurocard logos on the rear. The cards are not affiliated with any one bank - nor are all of the banks listed on the card.



Sample Access card (front) from 1976 (supplied by Stew Mills)

Sample Access card (rear) from 1976 (supplied by Stew Mills)

1976

By 1976, the cards have the issuing bank's name at the top of the card rear.



Sample Access card (front) from 1978 (supplied by Stew Mills)

Sample Access card (rear) from 1978 (supplied by Stew Mills)

1978

By 1978, the specimen cards now seem to be specially produced, rather than being normal cards with dummy details embossed onto them.




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