Re: Simonia card? #yiddish #translation


Sherri Bobish
 


I wonder if it was a card that had to be purchased by the person in The U.S. and shown by the person in Europe to get the money transfer?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIAS
"In 1923, HIAS established the HIAS Immigrant Bank at 425 Lafayette Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The bank was licensed by the State of New York.[22] Its sole purpose was to facilitate remittance or money transfers to and from immigrants’ families abroad, which was then a service not offered by most U.S. banks"

As far as I know, "credit cards" in the 1920's and later were limited to metal tags issued by specific companies, and the metal "card" could only be used at that company.  In the 1950's / 1960's my mom had an Abraham & Strauss department store "credit card."  It was a small metal tag that she kept on her key ring. It could only be used at that one store.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish





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