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.
Between 1927 and 1930 two PO boxes were used for buying and selling stamps anonymously: PO box 19041 (1927–1929) and PO box 19108 (1929–1930).
Covers with these PO boxes as return adresses on them are shown below.
The originator of these covers has yet to be determined.
Although their franking makes them look like typical Eugen Sekula covers the anonymous ads placed during these years (figures on the left and right) make it unlikely that a registered stamp dealer like Eugen Sekula had anything to do with them.
The first cover was sent completely anonymously in 1928. However, it shown here as a possible forerunner because of its Sekula-style franking and the fact that it was also posted registered at Luzern 6 Zürichstrasse.