Gail Collins opened her NYT column last week with an anecdote about her first credit card:
“I have no idea what year it was, except that it is very possible Richard Nixon was still president. I was in the Macy’s in New Haven when a woman with a clipboard came up to me and asked me if I wanted to apply for a credit card.
‘Absolutely,’ I said instantly.
She took up her pen. ‘What’s your husband’s name?’ she asked.”
Women in the comments shared their own stories of from the era. A few favorites: