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.

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


Early issues of Cameo (1975-1984) are now freely available for download or reading on the screen. See the link on the Cameo page, which also lists the contents of the latest edition of Cameo.

Sierra Leone cover

Sierra Leone 2½d on 2s was first published in 2011, then revised in 2015. Frank Walton has continued to work at making the knowledge of this stamp more complete and has been able to revise it further. He and the Study Circle are making this freely available to all readers from a link on our books page.

A sample page can be seen here.

2018 subscription - the year's electronic Cameo, WASC newsletters and auction lists for £10 annually. The membership page is here.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Grosvenor Auctions: 28th February 2018
Murray Payne: 8th March 2018

A document giving postage rates of Nigeria during the George VI period has been added to the Additional Documents page. It was gathered from Nigeria Gazettes by the late Nigel Lutwyche.

A 2017 presentation on Ghana postmarks can be found on the Gold Coast/Ghana page.

British Intervention in War-torn Sierra Leone, 1997-2015
Background information prepared by Michael Dobbs of the Forces Postal History Society, for collectors of military and other postal history of this period. A monograph is available on our website.

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


last updated: February 17, 2018


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