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 September conference programme is on our Activities page, Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road, York September (25th-27th). Non-members who may wish to come along to the Ebor Room at the hotel to see the displays will be welcomed. Please contact the President, Keith Hanman on khstamps - aol.com (use usual email formatting) if you want to plan a visit. Rooms are still available for any other members wishing to attend (£205); please contact Keith.


A brand new publication British West African Mail Packets to 1900, written by Colin Tabeart, is currently in preparation for printing. This major 560 page book by a respected author will be important for many collectors of maritime history. A flier is here.

History of the U.S. Air Transport Command Africa and the Middle East May 1941 to July 1944
(Third part now available!)
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 available on our website..
Printed copies are also available - see our booklist.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Cavendish 10th September;
Grosvenor 23rd/24th September;
Stanley Gibbons 22nd September

WASC was represented at a booth at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show, Denver, Colorado. Our booth was organised by Mike Kluherz – who was able ro garner two new members for WASC.
Membership forms are available there on this website.


Three new books: (see the books page for costs): two books
West African Censorship - Third Edition by Martin, Walton and Harris 184 pages. Much enlarged from the second edition of 1999; updated, new research and material on the context of censorship
Ascension Island: The Post Office Accounts November 1923 to December 1932 by Bernard Mabbett. A monograph resulting from the 2013 rescue of the archive found at Jamestown Post Office on St Helena.
Sierra Leone 2½d on 2s - Second Edition by Frank Walton. This book provides background, guides to plating the varieties and provenance of known stamps, now up from 139 to 147.
Sierra Leone book




An index to Cameo for "Volumes 1 to 15" is available on the 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.


last updated: August 20, 2015