West Africa Study Circle

Cameo, the Circle's journal

The journal of the West Africa Study Circle has been published since 1975. During that period there have been just four editors. Cameo appears three times each year, in January, June and October. It is in A4 format, typically with over sixty pages of a wide range of articles and comment. There are sections reviewing recently published literature and auction reports. The magazine has been awarded medals at national and international philatelic competitions including in 2016 a gold medal at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow. In addition to Cameo, there is a Secretary's newsletter distributed with each issue detailing news of the Study Circle and its meetings.

Digital copies of the early issues (currently 1 to 40) are available for download or reading on the screen.

Here is the contents list of the June 2019 edition.

Editor’s notes


Letters to the Editor: Quirk, Hørlyck, Loew, Levine, Anderson


Postal Markings of Ghana from 1957 by Anderson & Quirk
Nigeria Posts & Telegraphs Department Annual Reports 1915-1938
German Colonies and Post Offices Abroad – Catalogue of the Postmarks, 1st English edition 2019


Oban, Nigeria: postal agency closure

Edet Akpan

Fryer Archive Sale at Hanson’s Auctioneers

Tony Plumbe

British Sherbro 1758-1914

David Horry

First Postal Orders of Independent Nigeria

Peter Hørlyck

Sierra Leone 1937 Post Office notice

Jeremy Martin

Gold Coast censors during World War II

Rob May

De La Rue sample booklet

Jeremy Martin

Aspects of Gambian UPU Specimen Multiples

Gary Wayne Loew

French Airmail Services: Toulouse – Dakar

Barbara Priddy

Sierra Leone 1938 insufficiently prepaid

Jeremy Martin

Postmarks of Freetown part 1: Queen Victoria

Philip Quirk

1942 cover Poland to the Gold Coast

May & Martin

Gold Coast TPO underpaid mail

Jeremy Martin

Nigeria Fantasy Stamps

Jeremy Martin

Nigeria new issue – Rivers State Dec 2018

Akpan & Bond

Sierra Leone new WWII censor mark

Jeremy Martin

1922-1938 Elephant & Palm perforations

John Russell

Last Two Voyages of RMS St Helena

Kantor & Burns

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The index to volumes 1 to 19 is available as an Excel file. The index to Volume 19, 2018, as a PDF is also available.

If you would like to write for Cameo, the Guidelines for an Article suggest formats acceptable by the editors.