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


At this link is a very complimentary review by Dick Winter of Colin Tabeart's book British West African Mail Packets to 1900. The review first appeared in the February 2016 issue of The Chronicle of the U.S. Classics Postal Issues and is available here by permission. Purchase details for non-US readers are on our books page.

The Publications page lists the contents of the latest edition of Cameo.

Sierra Leone Postcards was listed in our books page at £35 in error. The current price is £20.

Ascension Island: The Post Office Accounts November 1923 to December 1932 by Bernard Mabbett gained a silver medal at Spring Stampex 2016

2016 reduced subscription - the year's electronic Cameo, WASC newsletters and auction lists for £10 annually. The membership page is here.

An index to Cameo for "Volumes 1 to 16" is available on the Publications page.

Nigerian aerogrammes Aerogrammes of Nigeria 1948 to 2000 was published in February 2016. The price is £16.50 plus postage. See our publications list here.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Cavendish Auctions 7th-8th December 2016
and also Gambia on 14th December 2016
Grosvenor Auctions 9th November 2016
Spink Auctions 13th December 2016 - the John Sacher collection of West Africa pre-UPU
Murray Payne 6th-7th December 2016

History of the U.S. Air Transport Command Africa and the Middle East May 1941 to July 1944
The version on our site is now fully bookmarked version is now available (21 April 2016)
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..

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 9, 2016


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