Internal Postmarks and Registration Markings of Liberia

small map of Liberian post offices to 1960

This section about postal markings is mainly based on Philip Cockrill’s LIBERIA Series Booklet No. 8: “The Internal Postmarks & Cancellations”.
Some of the post offices listed here used alternate town names on their early postmarks: “Bassa” and “Grand Bassa” cancels are from Buchanan, “Sinoe” from Greenville. Some had their name changed, like Paynefield to Spriggs Payne, or Tchien to Zwedru, and some seem to have vanished altogether, e.g. “Arthington”, which is only known from the 1890s.

  • Bar Obliterators

    • Post Office Cancellations

        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Jul 30, 1884 (MONROVIA)
        CP9
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • same as CP9 showing start of bend in lower bar which eventually became a break
        CP9A
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Jul 1, 1884 (BASSA)
        CP9B
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: probably 1884 (HARPER)
        CP9C
    • CTO Markings

        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found only on 1903 10c registration set
        CTO5
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found on 1909 pictorials
        CTO6
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found only on 1903 10c registration set
        CTO_unlisted
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found only on 1903 10c registration set
        CTO7
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found on 1903 10c registration set and 1906 pictorials
        CTO8
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found on 1906 and 1909 pictorials
        CTO9
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found on 1909 pictorials
        CTO10
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • found on 1909 pictorials
        CTO11