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


A 2017 presentation on Ghana postmarks can be found on the Gold Coast/Ghana page.

Index to Cameo to the end of 2016 is here.

Early issues of Cameo (1975-1984) are now freely available for download or reading on the screen. See the link on the Cameo page, which also lists the contents of the latest edition of Cameo.

Start of Great War The Start of the Great War in West Africa is a book produced by Chris Jackson from a talk given by him and Malcolm Nickolls, first at Trinity College, Oxford. See our books page.

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.

2017 subscription - the year's electronic Cameo, WASC newsletters and auction lists for £10 annually. The membership page is here.

NOTE: next relevant auctions of our Advertisers:
Cavendish Auctions: 15th March 2017
Grosvenor Auctions: 26-27th April 2017

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 is 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: March 19, 2017


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