Andrea De Luca was born on March the 29 1890 and died on October the 2nd 1965. He was only eleven years old when, on the 28 October 1901 he travelled alone, with very little money in his pockets, on a ship directed to the United States of America. In New Haven, nel Connecticut, he was able to get a job in an important graphic industry called “The Trunk Bross”, were he mastered the skills of printing, that eventually became a life long passion. Of that experience we treasure a photo aged in time that shows him in his working clothes in front of a rotary printing machine. (see picture).
In 1924 when he finally came back to “his” Amalfi, he decided to invest his savings in an ancient printing company, and considering the difficult times, he made his goal to teach young boys the skills of printing, keeping them away from the dangers of the streets and providing them with a future.
His professional quality, his fair trade practices, his honesty were soon recognized and apreciated, so much that archbishop Monsignor. Ercolano Marini, a prelate that was actually known for his charism, his doctrine and his sensibility and intelligence, entrusted to Andrea De Luca the printing of his theological treatises, treaties very sought after even today on the bibliografic market.The business relation with Mons. Marini, became so important that Andrea De Luca could use the title of “ The Archbishop Printer's”.
Andrea De Luca became friend of artists and literary men. He gave them advices; he encouraged them expecially when they were starting a new job, he also helped them with the publication of their works.
“ His complacent smile, that respect mixed with veneration for the men of the pen, said Domenico Irace in his book “ Figure e Ritratti della mia terra” give him a simpatetic look.
When in the 1960 the business projected to industrial dimensions, was transfered to Salerno in Via San Leonardo, Andrea De Luca reluctant on leaving his Amalfi, to wich he was very attached, approved the project and followed it in every phase with the wisdom of an ancient patriarch.
Since 1980, De Luca Graphics and Paper industry, found a definitive allocation on a sixteen thousand square meters ground with a new factory. The street were the new factory his situated, initially called, Via D. Cioffi, has eventually been renamed and his now called Viale Andrea De Luca, in fact we are particularly proud that the Salerno municipal administration deliberated to give homage to Andrea De Luca, as an authentic protagonist of the economic and social growth of Salerno.
As sons and grandchildrens of Andrea De Luca, faithfull to the values that he transmitted to us, and proud of the tribute to his memory the city of Salerno paid, we wish to continue the work with the same passion , devotion and professionalism that characterized Andrea De Luca.
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De Luca Industria Grafica e Cartaria S.p.A. - Viale Andrea De Luca, 35 84131 - Salerno - Italia
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