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): wasctreasurer @ aol. com

LATEST! (January 2014)
Meeting details for 2014 are on the meetings page - follow the link to "Activities"

NOTE: next auctions of our Advertisers:
Christoph Gärtner 10th-14th February 2014 (consignments for June auction by 5th April)
Cavendish in March 12th-13th 2014
Murray Payne March 26th on-line, March 25th book bids

The Index of Designs for Nigeria has been updated to include issues up to date.

Two books were added in November to the booklist: Sierra Leone Postcards has been revised, and Togo Overprints has been reprinted.

A link is on the Nigeria postal history page to the Nigerian stamps blog of Chris McFetridge who gave a display to our November meeting and is gradually putting items from the display in his blog.

The Wartime Atlantic Routes of Pan American Airways
This set of documents, introduced and compiled by WASC member John Wilson, gives details of PanAm flights across the Atlantic during the Second World War, December 1941 to October 1945. Substantial amounts of mail were carried. The excellent maps have been produced by Peter Wingent.

An index to Cameo for "Volumes 1 to 14" 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: February 28, 2014