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

The 2020 AGM was held as a Zoom meeting on 21st November. 28 members attended and it was great to meet online members from USA, Canada, France, Denmark and Nigeria.

The latest (August and October 2020) "Additional documents" are the Nigeria Postal Regulations 1917 and a document previously circulated only among WASC members on the postal stationery and booklets of Nigeria from 1914 to 1936.

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. Newly there, 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: March 17, including a good group of St Helena
                     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

Advertisements in the Booklets SB1-SB5 of Nigeria
Booklets of Nigeria       booklet adverts
Our latest publication, from Graeme Murray, reviews the development of the adverts for these booklets in the period 1915-1929, with many images of proof material.
To purchase please go to our publications page.

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: February 5, 2021


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