I need information about the Carte Blanche Card

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luisdaa
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I need information about the Carte Blanche Card

Postby luisdaa » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:33 am

I want to create a Wikipedia article about the Carte Blanche Card. There's not too much information about it on the internet. Whatever information you can give me would be really appreciated.
This is what I know so far about this card:
It originated as a Hilton Hotels Credit Card. Hilton later renamed it Carte Blanche. Citi bought it in the late 1960's. By the mid-1990's it was staring to be phased out. It was revived in the early 2000's, but this time it was called "Diners Club Carte Blanche". As of today Bank of Montreal still issues it only to corporate accounts.

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Postby thom02099 » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:54 pm

[quote="luisdaa"]I want to create a Wikipedia article about the Carte Blanche Card. [color="red"]There's not too much information about it on the internet. [/color]Whatever information you can give me would be really appreciated.
This is what I know so far about this card:
It originated as a Hilton Hotels Credit Card. Hilton later renamed it Carte Blanche. Citi bought it in the late 1960's. By the mid-1990's it was staring to be phased out. It was revived in the early 2000's, but this time it was called "Diners Club Carte Blanche". As of today Bank of Montreal still issues it only to corporate accounts.



You're right -- there's not a lot of info on the internet. There is, however, a current Wikipedia article on Carte Blanche that is pretty much the best source you're going to find.

I had a Carte Blanche card back in the 70s. It and an AMEX Green card were my introduction to the world of credit, which was much different than it is today. Applications were paper, you mailed it in, and hoped and waited. It took a while before I got the card, there was none of the "congratulations, you are approved" stuff, they just sent you a card, with the terms and conditions. Life was much simpler then....
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Postby Nixon » Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:37 pm

thom02099 wrote:You're right -- there's not a lot of info on the internet. There is, however, a current Wikipedia article on Carte Blanche that is pretty much the best source you're going to find.

I had a Carte Blanche card back in the 70s. It and an [color="Red"]AMEX Green card[/color] were my introduction to the world of credit, which was much different than it is today. Applications were paper, you mailed it in, and hoped and waited. It took a while before I got the card, there was none of the "congratulations, you are approved" stuff, they just sent you a card, with the terms and conditions. Life was much simpler then....


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Re: I need information about the Carte Blanche Card

Postby Eliduc » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:14 am

This is an old thread but I have some history that may be of interest. Some friends and I worked at Hilton Carte Blanche the summer after we graduated from High School in 1959. The address of the building was 7700 Sunset Blvd. The TV series 77 Sunset Strip staring Ephraim Zimbalist Jr. and Ed Burns (Cookie Cookie Give Me your Comb" was running at the time. Ed Burns Played Cookie, had a full head of hair and drove a convertible in and off the program. We would occasionally see him driving past Hilton's. Carte Blanche shared the same driveway as Dean Martin's famous restaurant Dino's. We would stand outside Hilton's on our breaks and watch the movie stars go into Dino's. All the credit card information was kept on Key punch cards and we were lowly file clerks. We worked the swing shift and everyone in the place including the supervisors took liberal breaks that might last forty minutes. Down the street a few doors was a famous tiny night club called the Sea Witch that had a great rock and roll band. The Doors later played there. Many of the Carte Blanche employees frequented the Sea Witch on their breaks. Conrad Hilton visited one time with his wife Za Za Gabor. She was as glamorous in person as she was in the movies. A lot of the young women that worked at Carte Blanche were stone cold foxes. The tradition was kept alive after Carte Blanche vacated the building and it became the Hollywood Playboy Club



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