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 full index to Cameo article titles can be found on the Cameo page. Issues 1-40 are now available there for on-screen reading or for download.

Several books are now substantially discounted. Please check the booklist.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Grosvenor 5th June 2019

Bob Maddocks Cameroons Covers
This 101-page file contains some of the background materials that Bob Maddocks used in the preparation of his 1996 publication, The Postal Arrangements of the Anglo-French Cameroons Expeditionary Force 1914-1916.  The file consists primarily of covers, postmarks and cachets associated with both the British and the French contingents of the C.E.F. Also included  are some illustrations and correspondence. Thanks are extended to Peter Hørlyck for scanning the material so that collectors, postal historians and others may benefit from Bob's research.
The file has been added to our "Additional Documents"

Paul Redhead has made substantial updates to his listing of Nigerian postmarks at this link.

Early issues of Cameo (1975-1994) are 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.

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.

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last updated: April 22, 2019


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