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

Meeting details for the rest of 2014 are on the meetings page - follow the link to "Activities"

NOTE: next auctions of our Advertisers:
Christoph Gärtner 6th-10th October 2014 (consignments for by 2nd August)
Cavendish in September 2014

Our Salisbury meeting included meter marks - for which publicly available catalogues can be found at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/International_Postage_Meter_Stamp_Catalog

A link is on the Nigeria postal history page to the Nigerian stamps blog of Chris McFetridge who gave a display to our November 2013 meeting..

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: September 10, 2014