1980s Access Credit Card


One of the early slogans was Your flexible friend (which was featured in an episode of Mr. Bean); another slogan which featured in a television advertisement was Does you does, or does you don’t take Access? (sung to the tune of “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”), accompanied by an animated Access and his friend Money (a pound sign); yet another slogan was It takes the waiting out of wanting. Access merged with the international credit card brand MasterCard in 1996.

Info gleaned from Wikipedia

Barclaycard – Rowan Atkinson

First in the series of the classic Barclaycard ads from the late 80s starring Rowan Atkinson.

Barclaycard, part of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, is a global payment business. The Barclaycard was the first credit card introduced in the UK, coming into service in 1966. It enjoyed a monopoly until the introduction of the Access card in 1972.

Barclaycard later became part of the Visa network. Nowadays, Barclays offers both MasterCard and Visa versions. Barclaycard claims it isEurope’s leading issuer of credit cards with 10.4 million customers in the UK and 10.8 million outside the UK.  Barclaycard’s main offices are in Northampton, along with several floors at Barclays’ corporate HQ, One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf, London.



American Express Trivial Pursuit

1986 advert for American Express featuring the two creators of the then very popular board game Trivial Pursuit Scott Abbott and Chris Haney.

American Express, sometimes known as “AmEx” or “Amex“, is a diversified global financial services company, headquartered in New York City. The company also has major offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Phoenix, Arizona. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card, and traveler’s cheque businesses.


The company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AXP.” It is one of the 30 stocks that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 2007, BusinessWeek and Interbrand ranked American Express as the 14th most valuable brand in the world, estimating the brand to be worth US$20.87 billion. On November 10, 2008, the company won Federal Reserve approval to convert to a commercial bank.