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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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 Item

The Ceylon Government Lascoreen Guard-of-Honour arriving at Richmond Castle ; to the services of this Guard, only the Highest Sinhalese Chiefs are entitled

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/5
Scope and Contents

360 x 260 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The crowds viewing the statue

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/21
Scope and Contents

358 x 190 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The display of fireworks

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/26
Scope and Contents

285 x 235 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The display of fireworks

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/25
Scope and Contents

290 x 240 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The display of fireworks a beautiful set piece on the left May God Bless our Governor

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/24
Scope and Contents

275 x 237 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The display of fireworks. Another beautiful set piece God Save the King

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/27
Scope and Contents

285 x 235 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The embankment at the approach ot the entrance of Richmond Castle grounds

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/3
Scope and Contents

285 x 208 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The entrance to Richmond Castle grounds

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/4
Scope and Contents

285 x 203 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The full complement of the Ceylon Government Lascoreen Guard-of-Honour in attendance on the Padikara Mudaliyar

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/6
Scope and Contents

345 x 255 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kandyan Hall of Richmond Castle, arranged for the luncheon to His Excellency the Governor, Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils and other distinguished guest in honour of the function

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/11
Scope and Contents

283 x 342 mm (hand-coloured). Also menu of luncheon with portrait of the Governor, Sir John Anderson, and table plan.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kings Pavilion, Kandy : drawing room, 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 2/13
Scope and Contents From the File: A collection of platinum prints, 280 x 225 mm, mounted in a volume bound in red leather with 'The Royal Visit to Ceylon April, 1901' and the Royal Arms on the front cover. They are by various photographers and record the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary) 12-15 April, 1901. The prints are mounted on cardboard pages and have printed captions, which have been recorded as found. They may include language which is...
Dates: 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kings Pavilion, Kandy : exterior, 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 2/11
Scope and Contents From the File: A collection of platinum prints, 280 x 225 mm, mounted in a volume bound in red leather with 'The Royal Visit to Ceylon April, 1901' and the Royal Arms on the front cover. They are by various photographers and record the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary) 12-15 April, 1901. The prints are mounted on cardboard pages and have printed captions, which have been recorded as found. They may include language which is...
Dates: 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kings Pavilion, Kandy : grand staircase, 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 2/12
Scope and Contents From the File: A collection of platinum prints, 280 x 225 mm, mounted in a volume bound in red leather with 'The Royal Visit to Ceylon April, 1901' and the Royal Arms on the front cover. They are by various photographers and record the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary) 12-15 April, 1901. The prints are mounted on cardboard pages and have printed captions, which have been recorded as found. They may include language which is...
Dates: 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kings Pavilion, Kandy : Her Royal Highnesss boudoir, 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 2/14
Scope and Contents From the File: A collection of platinum prints, 280 x 225 mm, mounted in a volume bound in red leather with 'The Royal Visit to Ceylon April, 1901' and the Royal Arms on the front cover. They are by various photographers and record the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary) 12-15 April, 1901. The prints are mounted on cardboard pages and have printed captions, which have been recorded as found. They may include language which is...
Dates: 1901-04-12 - 1901-04-15
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Kings representative, H.E. Sir John Anderson, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., acccompanied by Mrs Silva Wijaysinghe and the Padikara Mudaliyar, driving in State to the unveiling ceremony

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/14
Scope and Contents

530 x 360 mm (hand-coloured).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Padikara Mudaliyar and His Highness the Hon. The Raja of Ramnad attended by the Guards, driving to Kalutara Town to meet His Excellency the Governor

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/7
Scope and Contents

280 x 200 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Padikara Mudaliyar giving the toast of His Majesty the King at the official luncheon

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/12
Scope and Contents

145 x 102 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Padikara Mudaliyar giving the toast of his Majesty the King at the official luncheon

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/13
Scope and Contents

236 x 172 mm (with printed text of toasts, etc.).

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Padikara Mudaliyar N.D.A. Silva Wijaysinghe

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/2
Scope and Contents

132 x 165 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Padikara Mudaliyar reading from a gold plate his request to unveil the statue

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/18
Scope and Contents From the File:

Contains prints of various sizes, as listed (mounted on card), with descriptions in gold lettering and bound in a red leather volume with the inscription 'Souvenir of the Unveiling of the First Statue of His Majesty the King in the East, at Kalutara South, Ceylon. The Gift of Don Arthur Silva Wijaysinghe Siriwardene, (Sinahalese Chief) The Padikar Mudaliyar, Justice of the Peace, etc., etc. 22nd of July, 1916'. Various printed items have also been inserted.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Procession of the Holy Relic of the Tooth, Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka] (The Kandy Perahera), 1920 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC India/132
Scope and Contents

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

Dates: 1920 - 1929
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[The Saami Rock, Trincomalee?], 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303G/13
Scope and Contents

205 x 259 mm. View looking along a sheer ridge of cliffs towards a headland. This is possibly the Saami Rock at Dutch Point, a place of pilgrimage to the Singhalese, see Henry W. Cave, ‘The book of Ceylon’ (London, 1908), pp. 630-633.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[The Saami Rock, Trincomalee?], 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303G/14
Scope and Contents

191 x 260 mm. Close up view of a cliff face, probably at the same location as Y303G/13.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The statue unveiled

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/19
Scope and Contents

275 x 342 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The street scene opposite the Town Hall, Kalatara before the arrival of H.E. the Governor and the Padikara Mudaliyar

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/QM 28/15
Scope and Contents

290 x 235 mm.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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