Internal Postmarks and Registration Markings of Liberia

This section about postal markings is mainly based on Philip Cockrill’s LIBERIA Series Booklet No. 8.

  • 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