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.

  • Other Postmarks

    • Post Office Cancellations

        • manuscript postmark in black
        • earliest known use: on first issues
        • possibly ‘M’ for Monrovia, and only applied when the normal hand stamp was not available; all markings found so far seem to have come from the hand of two people
        MS1_MS1A
        • manuscript postmark in black
        • earliest known use: on first issues
        • pen cancellation probably only applied when the normal hand stamp was not available
        MS2
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Nov 29, 1895 - May 18, 1896 (GRAND BASSA)
        • locally produced postmark, probably from a children’s rubber printing set, the date being in mixed lettering as shown
        CP16
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Dec 9, 1895 (GRAND BASSA)
        • locally produced postmark, probably from a children’s rubber printing set, the date being in mixed lettering as shown
        CP16A
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Feb 24, 1945 (TCHIEN POSTAL AGENCY)
        • quoted by Rogers on cover to Canada dated Feb 24, 1945; this would appear to be an agent’s personal stamp rather than a postmark
        CP28
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Apr 9, 1948 (ROBERTSFIELD)
        CP33
        • hand stamped postmark in black
        • earliest known use: Jan 20, 1951 (FREEPORT OF MONROVIA)
        CP34A
        • manuscript postmark in black
        • earliest known use: manuscript Jun 20, 1952 (WEBBO)
        • two slightly different types are illustrated, handwritten by the same person
        CP38