De La Rue introduced letter-press printing into playing card production and his patent was granted in 1831. He produced his first playing cards in 1832.
De la Rue were producing Pneumatic cards with the “special graining for ease of handling” as late as early 1960s
Pneumatic Playing Cards. The surface of the cards was slightly grooved by being rolled on prepared plates, so that there were little pockets of air between each card, which prevented them sticking together.
De la Rue Pneumatic Series ‘F’ playing cards, c.1925