Stanley Aaron Dashew

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Stanley Aaron Dashew was born in Harlem, New York back in 1916. When he was eight he collected soda pop bottles to redeem them at the local redemption center. At twelve he went door-to-door selling peaches. At fifteen he became a Hires Root Beer reseller where he sold the soda at a roadway stand.

He worked for the Addressograph-Multiraph Company in sales, he didn’t like the wording on his business card so he changed it to read “Special Representative”. In 1942, he was promoted and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He later worked for the Bank of America, it was there that his fortune changed. In 2000, Chancellor Albert Carnesale presented him with the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor.

What you may not know about Stanley is that he invented something that I carry everywhere and I’ll bet you do to. For you see he invented the plastic credit card during the 1950’s. He also invented the Databosser, a device which embossed numbers read from an IBM punch card onto a credit card, originally aluminum alloy, then plastic. He died in 2013, at 96.

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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - he seems to have been a go-getter from the start.  

Sep 01, 2019 04:55 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Now this is so interesting I never would have guessed that. Have a great Sunday.

Sep 01, 2019 05:23 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very interesting read today. An impressive guy for sure.

Sep 01, 2019 05:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The credit card changed consumer spending habits. Some for the good and many for the bad. Enjoy your day!

Sep 01, 2019 05:58 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I only have one for trips!

"What's in your wallet"?

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 01, 2019 06:11 AM
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty, Inc - Arlington, VA
33 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Hi James, if the not the credit card, there would have been else to facilitate the ease of spending hard-earned cash. Thanks for the insight!

Sep 01, 2019 06:12 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - ah ha.  So we can attribute carrying plastic to him.

Sep 01, 2019 06:32 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He had a long and productive life and hopefully a financially successful one.

Sep 01, 2019 07:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a journey from selling root beer, peaches, to credit cards!  I really enjoyed this story.  Happy Sunday.  A

Sep 01, 2019 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Well who knew? What would our lives have been like without Stanley Aaron Dashew's contribution to the credit card, James?

Sep 01, 2019 07:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Funnu, I sold peaches and sweet corn at the front of my parent restart when I was 10 and then also worked in the restaurant after I was sold out.  It was two of my parents friends that said if I pick them I can sell them so only time and work for me and brought my first snowmobile at 12 and pay cash for it.


Sep 01, 2019 09:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wow James- this is one of those things that we all have and never think about its origins. 

Sep 01, 2019 11:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this very interesting story.

Sep 01, 2019 11:47 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I read a medical article recently where the consensus was longevity is connected to people who live happy and successful lives.  Looks like Stanley
Aaron Dashew found the secret. Probably somewhere on one of his plastic cards.  Good for him!!

Sep 01, 2019 02:37 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I always wonder how these inventors came up with the ideas they have and how they implemented them. 

Sep 01, 2019 03:38 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this amazing bit of history.  Dashew, had definitely made a big change in the consumer world.

Sep 01, 2019 07:40 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Interesting that my American Express card is now metal - the more thingss change the more they remain the same! 

Sep 02, 2019 03:59 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A smart guy for sure James Dray 

Sep 02, 2019 06:59 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thank you James, before this I did not know Mr. Dashew invented the "plastic credit card during the 1950’s...also ...the Databosser, a device which embossed numbers read from an IBM punch card onto a credit card."

Sep 03, 2019 12:43 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

James Dray 
Now that is a person who just kept putting one foot in fron of another all the way to success!!!! Thanks for the introduction! Lynn

Sep 30, 2019 01:35 PM