The Szekula Family of Stamp Dealers

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Béla Sekula is not only responsible for all his brothers and several next generation family members entering the stamp trade. During his time in Lucerne, he founded four companies: his wholesale and retail business Béla Sekula, Cosmophilatelist AG, Globus AG, and Stamps Import and Export AG. Some of his employees later opened up their own stamp shops, or continued companies originally founded by Béla independently after his departure. Some of them are listed below.


PO boxes 19041 + 19108

 
Wanted ad
Oberländer Tagblatt
April 5, 1927
Freiburger Nachrichten
March 11, 1930
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.
REM
Der Murtenbieter
September 3, 1927
REM
Freiburger Nachrichten
September 5, 1927
REM
La Liberté
September 7, 1927
REM
Der Bund
January 12, 1928
REM
La Liberté
January 13, 1928
REM
Freiburger Nachrichten
January 14, 1928


Cover — January 21, 1928

Registered cover without return address sent on January 21, 1928 to Givet, France.

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REM
Der Bund
January 22, 1928
REM
Der Bund
March 23, 1928


Cover — August 24, 1928

Registered PO box 19041 cover sent on August 24, 1928 to Épinay-sur-Seine, France, and forwarded to Arnouville-lès-Gonesse.

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REM
Der Bund
November 29, 1928
REM
La Suisse Libérale
November 29, 1928
REM
La Liberté
November 30, 1928


Cover — January 10, 1929

Registered mail sent on January 10, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France. Arrived on January 11, 1929.

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REM
Der Murtenbieter
January 19, 1929


Cover — February 28, 1929

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent on February 28, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to San Rafael, California, USA. Arrived on March 13, 1929.

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Cover — May 20, 1929

Registered mail sent on May 20, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France. Arrived on May 21, 1929.

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Cover — July 13, 1929

Registered mail sent on July 13, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France. Arrived on July 14, 1929.

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Cover — August 19, 1929

Registered mail sent on August 19, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France. Arrived on August 20, 1929.

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REM
Der Bund
October 19, 1929


Cover — December 7, 1929

Registered mail sent on December 7, 1929, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Paris, France.

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REM
La Liberté
March 8, 1930
REM
Der Bund
March 11, 1930


Cover — September 26, 1933

Registered airmail sent on September 26, 1933, from Lucerne, Switzerland, to Pardubice, Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic).

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