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.

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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.

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.

Airmails West African Airmails, originally published in 2002, has been reprinted. Assisted by a grant from the Rossiter Trust, Barbara Priddy put together photocopies of two good collections (mainly in black & white) and added editorial notes. The result was a 168 page book. The new price is £12 plus postage. See our books page.

2017 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: 29th-30th November 2017
Cavendish Auctions: 6th-7th December 2017
Murray Payne: 28th November 2017

History of the U.S. Air Transport Command Africa and the Middle East May 1941 to July 1944
The version on our site is now fully bookmarked.
John Wilson has provided this PDF version of the history compiled at the end of World War II. He has created it directly from microfilm held at the United States Air Force Historical Research Agency. Its three parts are linked to this website. Go to the Additional Documents 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: November 23, 2017


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