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Platé and Co

 Organization

Dates and places

Active in Ceylon 1890s-1940s.

Legal status / Nationality

The firm became a private limited company in 1900.

Sphere of activity

The photographic business was established by A.W.A. Platé and his wife Clara in a small studio in the Bristol Hotel in 1890. It moved to larger premises in Colpetty in 1892.

'Mr Heinemann joined the firm as managing partner and the business continued to steadily expand, with the result that the present staff of the establishment comprises ten Europeans and over 60 natives. Besides their Colpetty studio and several others in Colombo, Messrs. Plate have a branch establishment at Nuwara Eliya… and, in addition, book-stalls at the Queen's Hotel, Kandy, and the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. The Colpetty studio and office practically represent the headquarters of the firm, and here are located extensive work-rooms, dark-rooms, show-rooms and other adjuncts to a photographic establishment, in addition to the spacious studio, reckoned to be one of the finest in the East' (Wright 1907, p.XX).

The firm became a private limited company in 1900 and the business was enlarged to concentrate on the supplying of photographic apparatus and material. In 1907 the firm had an output of postcards of half a million. It probably took over the stock of W.L.H. Skeen. Platé and Co. were still trading in the 1940s.

Publications: Platé and Co. (19--), The hundred best views of Ceylon : from photographs taken by the publishers. Colombo.

Found in 64 Collections and/or Records:

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A group of native dancers who performed

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/23
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Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka] Elephants, 1920 - 1929

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/133
Scope and Contents

The postcard is addressed to Miss Gillian Dold, London. It contains a brief note and is signed 'Daddy'.

Dates: 1920 - 1929
 Fonds

Christ Church, Munnar, Travancore [i.e. Kerala]

 Fonds
Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3022NNNN
Dates: 1920 - 1929
 Sub-Series

[Colombo, Kandy and the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa], 1895 - 1900

 Sub-Series
Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC Ceylon/28-55
Scope and Contents

Monochrome postcards showing views in Colombo, Kandy and the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, published by Platé Ltd.

Dates: 1895 - 1900
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Giant Bamboos in Peradeniya Gardens, Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka], 1920 - 1929

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/134
Scope and Contents

The postcard is addressed to Mrs Gilbert Dold, London. It contains a brief note and is signed 'GW' or 'GD'.

Dates: 1920 - 1929
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His Excellency delivering his Address after the unveiling

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/20
Scope and Contents

358 x 190 mm (with text of speech).

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His Excellency witnessing the native dances after opening the after opening the entertainment at Richmond Castle in aid of war charities

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/22
Scope and Contents

275 x 208 mm (with programme, ticket and copy of letter from Queen Mary's Private Secretary to Mrs Wijayasinghe

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Mrs N.D.A. Silva Wijayasinghe

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/1
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Native Botique [i.e. Boutique] or Shop, Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka], 1920 - 1929

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/130
Scope and Contents

The postcard is addressed to 'Mrs Roma Dold', London. It is signed 'GW' or 'GD'.

Dates: 1920 - 1929
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No. 17 - The New Peradeniya Bridge, 1920 - 1929

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/131
Scope and Contents

The postcard is addressed to 'Miss Gillian Dold', London, and is signed 'Daddy'.

Dates: 1920 - 1929
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Peace celebration at Richmond Castle, 1919

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/30
Scope and Contents

277 x 215 mm. Group photograph with his Excellency Brigadier-General Sir William Manning, K.C.M.G., K.B.E., C.B., Governor of Ceylon, as central figure who delivered a gracious message to the peasants assembled in their thousands to celebrate the signing of the peace treaty.

Dates: 1919
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Provincial Officer’s residence, Ceylon, 1890 - 1899

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303G/5
Scope and Contents

260 x 204 mm. Showing a large, tile-roofed bungalow with the Union Jack flying from a pole in the garden in front of the verandah. A group of Europeans with Singhalese servants is posed in the garden for the photographer.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
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 Sub-Series

[Ruined cities of Ceylon i.e. Sri Lanka], 1910

 Sub-Series
Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC Ceylon/78-85
Scope and Contents

Monochrome postcards of the ruined cities of Ceylon, published by Platé Ltd.

Dates: 1910
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Talipot Palm Avenue in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka], 1920 - 1929

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Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/135
Scope and Contents

The postcard is addressed to Mrs Roma Detwold (or Detmold). It contains a brief note and is signed 'GW' or 'GD'.

Dates: 1920 - 1929
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