Road in the Cinnamon Garden, Ceylon The Tooth Rolic of Lord Buddha, Ceylon A Rubber Tapper, Ceylon
The Double Bullock Cart, Ceylon The New Peradeniya Bridge, Ceylon Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon
View along Coast looking towards Mount Lavinia The Entrance, Mount Lavinia Hotel , Ceylon The Kandy Parahera, Ceylon Temple Elephants after their Bath, Kandy, Ceylon

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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