A secure area available to customers: the safety deposit box room, Banque Nationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie branch in Chatenay-Malabry

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This photo from 1964 shows the safety deposit box room in the Banque Nationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie (BNCI) branch, located in Chatenay-Malabry in the Paris suburbs. Located in the basement, this small, modern looking room lit with neon lights, contains approximately 100 safety deposit boxes lining one of its walls. It is also equipped with a table and chair for customers. In most of its main agencies, the BNCI offers to safely store its customers’ precious assets, jewels, securities, etc. Furthermore, it promotes this service via promotional posters.

A changing network

Starting in the 60s, the Banque Nationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie modernises its network. The objective? Always do a better job of meeting customer needs and to improve their comfort. This involves the total transformation of the interior decorations of agencies. Light coloured wall and floor coverings replace the wood, while neon lighting replaces the old brass lamps. The counters and grated dividers are replaced by offices and chairs. Likewise, the facades are changed to open large bay windows and let more light into the agencies. Moreover, between 1950 and 1965, the BNCI strengthened its presence in and around the capital. It went from 33 to 80 bank branches. This movement amplified starting in 1967 with the elimination of regulations concerning the opening of bank branches. Subsequently, it received approval to open neighbourhood agencies in major urban areas to support the local economic development.
Consequently, new agencies were opened in Antony, Chatenay-Malabry, Epinay-les-Cygne d’Enghien, Saint-Ouen, Villetaneuse and Créteil in the Paris suburbs and the Latin Quarter, Boulevard Exelmans and Cité des Arts in the Capital.

Photo of Studio Chevojon

BNP Paribas Historical Archives
BNP Paribas Historical Archives
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