These days most people pay for their gasoline with a general purpose credit card, like a Visa or MasterCard. If they are higher-tech, maybe they wave their smartphone near the gas pump. Or, if they go to a low-price station, maybe they pay with cash or a debit card.  But most people no longer carry single-purpose gasoline credit cards.

At one time, gasoline credit cards were a big deal. New college graduates got them in the mail, unsolicited. The oil companies viewed them as one of the elements of building customer loyalty.

In the May June 1983 issue of the Seventy Six magazine, the following article appeared starting on page 30. It illustrates “58 Years of Giving Credit.”