The Info List - De La Rue

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DE LA RUE PLC (/ˈdɛlə ruː/ or US : /ˌdɛlə ˈruː/ ) is a banknote manufacturer, security printing of passports and tax stamps, brand authentication and papermaking company with headquarters in Basingstoke , Hampshire , England . It also has a factory on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, and other facilities at Loughton, Essex and Bathford, Somerset. There are overseas offices in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Malta. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange .


* 1 History

* 2 Operations

* 2.1 Banknotes * 2.2 Security printing and papermaking

* 3 Past products

* 3.1 Playing cards * 3.2 Postage stamps * 3.3 Writing instruments * 3.4 Board games

* 4 Gallery of products produced by De La Rue * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


The company was founded by Thomas de la Rue , who moved to London in 1821 and set up in business as a stationer and printer. Working as a "boy of the streets", in 1831 he secured his business a Royal Warrant to produce playing cards. In 1855 it started printing postage stamps and in 1860 it began printing banknotes. In 1896, the family partnership was converted to a private company.

In 1921, the de la Rue family sold their interests. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1947. The company, then called _Thomas De La Rue "> The Debden Security Printing Ltd printing facility, owned by De La Rue, which prints Bank of England banknotes.


De La Rue sells high-security paper and printing technology for over 150 national currencies .


De La Rue also produces a wide range of other secure documents, including:

* Bank cheques * Driving licences * Passports * Postage stamps * Tax stamps * Traveller\'s cheques * Vouchers



In 1843 De La Rue established its first overseas trade, as de la Rue's brother Paul travelled to Russia to advise on the making of playing cards. Thomas de la Rue's designs for playing cards are the basis for the modern standard design. The playing card business was sold to John Waddington in 1969.


The company has also printed postage stamps for the United Kingdom and some of its colonies, for Italy and for the Confederate States of America. Some famous stamps such as the Cape of Good Hope triangulars were printed by De La Rue & Co. after Perkins Bacon fell out of favour with the postal authorities of the time. The first 50 years of postage stamp production were chronicled in John Easton\'s _The De La Rue History of British and Foreign Postage Stamps 1855-1901_ (Faber ">

The King of Diamonds from a De La Rue pack c. 1860. *

Cape of Good Hope triangular postage stamp of 1853. *

A sheet of Stamps for St. Christopher , 1884. *

Confederate States of America postage stamp, 1862