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


British West African Mail Packets to 1900, written by Colin Tabeart, is now published at £50. This major 560 page book by a respected author will be important for many collectors of maritime history. A flier is here.

book covers

Also newly published is The Postmarks of Sierra Leone 1854-1961, Second Edition by Walton, Quirk, Hamilton and Horry, price £27 (currently £19 to members).

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.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Grosvenor 11th-12th November, including Bob Maddocks' Cameroons and Tom Butlin's Sierra Leone
Stanley Gibbons 18th-19th November 2015
Cavendish 2nd-3rd December
David Feldman 8th-12th December
Gärtner 22nd-27th February 2016

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

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

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 6, 2015