West Africa Study Circle







Stamps, postmarks, postal stationery and postal history

The West Africa Study Circle, formed in 1950, is the international specialist society for the study of stamps, postal stationery and postal history of West Africa. It originated from small specialist groups which already existed and has undergone several expansions of scope.

The following philatelic areas are the ones covered in the most depth. The map shows where they are. From there, or from these links, you will find brief introductions to each area:

Ascension / Tristan da Cunha / Gough Is. Cameroons Gambia Gold Coast / Ghana
Nigeria St Helena Sierra Leone Togo
Additionally, several other areas are also included: British Postal Agencies on Madeira, Tenerife. St Vincent (Cape Verde Islands) and Fernando Po. Study dates from the earliest times and includes military campaigns, maritime, censorship and airmails. There is also occasional discussion, and articles in Cameo, of material linked to other ex-colonial territories in West Africa.

If you wish to contact the Study Circle for information which does not appear on the site, please use this email address (remove spaces): webmanager @ wasc. org. uk

Displays from our March 6th meeting are now available as PDFs at this link.



The latest (March 2021) "Additional documents" are the Post & Telegraph department annual reports from Lagos and from Southern Nigeria for several years from 1903 to 1913. These copies were made by our former member Jack Ince. Now also the postal rates in Nigeria in 2001 and three Nigerian colonial reports from 1899, 1900 and 1920.

The committee has agreed that issues of Cameo previous to the latest five years will be digitised and freely available. All issues from number 1 (January 1975) to number 97 (January 2016) are on this website. Click the CAMEO button above to reach the link for both downloadable and screen readable versions.

Our "Additional Documents" page has been tidied by identifying some papers under sectional headings. Under Maritime Documents is a group of Elder Dempster sailing timetables, together with maps beautifully drawn by Peter Wingent (a sample map can be seen there)

Annual digital membership is reduced to £5

The updated Cameo index in Excel format for Volumes 1 to 21 is available here

Next auctions of our advertisers:
Grosvenor:  June 21

Brixton-Chrome: February 3 and February 10 - Lagos parts 1 and 2; February 17 and February 24 - Niger Coast Protectorate parts 1 and 2; March 3 - post 1953 Nigeria
                               March 10 - Northern Nigeria; March 17 - Southern Nigeria
                               March 24 - Nigeria MCA Keyplates; March 31 - Nigeria Script CA Keyplates

Sierra Leone 2½d on 2s 4th edition
Frank Walton has updated this book still further and is making it available free of charge on our website.
Sierra Leone 4th edition       

Some other documents produced by members (RAF West Africa-Rabat, Shipping, Civil Aviation, Nigerian postmarks) are reached by links from the "Additional Documents" page.

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last updated: April 9, 2021


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