The Szekula Family of Stamp Dealers

This website is dedicated to the Hungarian born stamp dealers Béla, Géza, Eugen and Frank Szekula. Each one of them ran his own stamp business with emphasis on international stamp trade, most likely driven by money rather than the love of stamps. All four assumed Swiss nationality and were at one time based in Lucerne. Especially Béla’s creative business ideas provoked more than one philatelic scandal during his career. However, the history of philately would arguably be poorer without the Szekula brothers.


Maria Stutzer

 
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Nidwaldner Volksblatt November 2, 1935
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Nidwaldner Volksblatt November 14, 1936
Maria Marie Stutzer began working as an office employee with Kollektivprokura (i.e. with shared signatory rights) in Béla’s stamp company in December 1926. In September 1931, she also joined the officers at the Cosmophilatelist A.G. shortly after it was founded. Around December 1935 / January 1936 she left both companies, but for several more years she continued to buy and sell stamps from her own business address at Himmelrichstrasse 1.


Cover — March 26, 1935

Registered philatelic cover sent on March 26, 1935 from Turan, Tannu Tuva, to Maria Stutzer. Franked with Scott #61-70 plus #58 / Michel #66-75 plus #63. LUZERN 2 arrival postmark on back dated 12.IV.35.

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Cover — November 23, 1936

Sent registered on November 23, 1936 from Cologne, Germany, to Firma (company) Maria Stutzer, Lucerne.

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Cover — March 30, 1937

Sent registered on March 30, 1937 from Lucerne to Vevey.

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Cover — November 8, 1937

Sent registered on November 8, 1937 from Stuttgart, Germany, to Lucerne.

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Cover — March 28, 1938

Sent registered on March 28, 1938 from Lucerne to Malmö, Sweden.

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Cover — May 11, 1939

Official cover sent on May 11, 1939, from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Lucerne, on the occasion of the International Balloon Competition in Zurich on May 14.

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Cover — December 18, 1943

Sent registered on December 18, 1943 from Maria Stutzer’s home address in Lucerne to Vitznau.

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Cover — May 18, 1954

Philatelic cover sent registered on May 18, 1954 from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Lucerne.

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