Naipes La Banca, producers of playing cards, Argentina c.1970-85.
Naipes La Banca produced a series of standard and advertising decks during the 1970-80s, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type, as well as an "Egyptian Tarot" deck. Decks usually carry the words "Naipes La Banca" - see right - and "Industria Argentina" but no further details of the manufacturer are available.
Right: cards from a standard Anglo-American type deck with La Banca's most common Joker. The ace of spades and court cards are based on American designs.
Right: cards from a jumbo-index Anglo-American type deck with La Banca's "Beefeater" Joker.
Right: cards from La Banca's original re-drawing of the Catalan pattern. Identical decks were subsequently produced with the brand name "Naipes Castilla" by
Offest Sacerdoti Printers, Bs. As., who list playing cards in their range of products.
Right: cards from a Spanish-suited deck based on Fournier's "Castilian" design with an original Joker design and the legend 'La Banca' appearing on the ace of coins, the Joker and the four of cups.
Right: cards from a Spanish-suited deck based on Fournier's "Castilian" design, but with a redrawn ace of coins. The Argentinean flag now appears draped around the sides and a lion, cornucopia and anchor appear at the bottom.