A. W. Plate
& Co. was one of Ceylon's [Sri Lanka's] most successful early photographic
firms. It survives to this day. Founded in 1890 by an apothecary in Colombo,
the firm quickly grew into a premier publisher of books, catalogs and,
in the early part of the century, of color postcards. Plate's "Art
" postcards remain nearly unrivaled as examples of superior color
printing and artistry.
Plate maintained three office in Colombo, as well as branches in Nuwara Eliya and Kandy.
According to Ismeth
Raheem, " ... A. W. Plate and his wife traveled extensively
for their work, " which explains the extensive coverage of Sri
Lanka in their postcards. The firm occupied the same location at 267
Kolluptiya in Colombo from 1892 until 1974.
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