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.

  • Registration Indicators

    see also “Registered Envelopes” under Stationeries.
    • Handstamped Markings

        • registration marking in black or violet
        • known use: Aug 12, 1983 (MONROVIA); Dec 12, 1988 (HARPER); Sep 8, 1924 (BUCHANAN); May 9, 1891 (BASSA); no date, on cover dated Nov 24, 1998 (GRAND BASSA); no date (NANNA KROO, in violet)
        CR1
        • registration marking in red
        • known use: 1896 - 1905 (HARPER, in red)
        CR18
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: early 1940s (MONROVIA)
        CR2
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1940 (ROBERTSPORT)
        CR23
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1947 (GREENVILLE)
        CR22
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1951 (BUCHANAN)
        CR17
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1950 (HARBEL)
        CR25
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1952 (HARBEL)
        CR27
        • registration marking in violet, red or black
        • known use: 1942 (MONROVIA, in violet); 1952 (HARPER, in red); 1951 (GREENVILLE)
        CR3
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: late 1940s and early 1950s (GREENVILLE)
        CR21
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1951 (ROBERTSPORT)
        CR24
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1951 (HARBEL)
        CR26
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1950 - 1958 at least
        CR19
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1966 (HARPER)
        CR20
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1956 (MONROVIA)
        CR4
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1956 (MONROVIA)
        CR5
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1955 (MONROVIA)
        CR11
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1965 (MONROVIA)
        CR8
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1965 (MONROVIA)
        CR7
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: ~1970 (MONROVIA)
        • example of a battered registration mark as it is often found on covers
        CR6
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: late 1960s and early 1970s (MONROVIA)
        CR12
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: believed ca. 1968 (MONROVIA)
        CR13
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1971 (MONROVIA)
        CR14
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1972 (MONROVIA)
        CR15
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1970 (MONROVIA)
        CR9
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1972 (MONROVIA)
        CR10
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1973 (MONROVIA)
        CR16
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1969 (BUCHANAN); 197x (ROBERTS AIRPORT)
        CR28
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1969 (SASSTOWN)
        CR_unlisted
        • registration marking in violet or red
        • known use: 1920s (MONROVIA, in red or violet); 1920s (HARPER, in violet)
        CR29
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1926 (MONROVIA)
        CR30
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1926 (MONROVIA)
        CR31
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1927 (MONROVIA)
        CR32
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1937 (MONROVIA)
        CR33
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1896 (ROBERTSPORT)
        CR34
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: 1914 (MONROVIA); 1916 (BUCHANAN); 1925 (HARPER)
        CR35
        • registration marking in black
        • known use: Nov 24, 1898 (GRAND BASSA)
        CR36
    • Wax Seals

        • registration seal in red wax
        • known use: no date (HARPER)
        SR1
        • registration seal in red wax
        • known use: no date (HARPER); 1958 (TAPPITA)
        SR2
        • registration seal in red wax
        • known use: Sep 6, 1913 (“POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT - LIBERIA”, Monrovia)
        • “POST OFFICE - MONROVIA” noted by Rogers
        SR3
    • Registration Labels

        • registration label in violet
        • known use: (1906/8 ?) 1909 - 1911 (MONROVIA, HARPER)
        LR1
        • registration label in red
        • known use: 1911 - 1929 (BUCHANAN; CAVALLA; GREENVILLE; HARPER; MONROVIA; RIVERCESS; ROBERTSPORT)
        LR2
        • registration label in blue
        • known use: early 1950s? (MONROVIA, ROBERTSPORT)
        LR3
        • registration label in blue
        • known use: ca. 1976 - 1980
        • design identical to the ‘Head Office’ series first introduced in the UK in the 1970s — so called, because in the UK they bore the names of Head Offices only instead of the thousands of place-names that had been used before; so far, labels with numbers for nine different sub-offices in Monrovia ranging from 1 to 7, RS1 and RS2 (Randall Street) have been found
        LR4
        • registration label in black
        • known use: 1980s
        • numbering of sub-offices in Roman numerals
        LR5