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de la Rue Onoto Magna

German Thomas de la Rue was a printer, and had worked out a sweet deal with the British government in the closing decades of the 20th century: thanks to his expertise, he was given an exclusive franchise to produce all postage stamps used in the empire -- literally a license to print money. This hedgemony got trimmed around the time of the first world war,

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