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.


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 PO box 19041 cover sent on January 10, 1929 to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France.

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REM
Der Murtenbieter
January 19, 1929


Cover — February 28, 1929

Sent registered on February 28, 1929, from Lucerne to San Rafael, California, USA.

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Cover — May 20, 1929

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent on May 20, 1929 to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France.

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Cover — July 13, 1929

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent on July 13, 1929 to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France.

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Cover — August 19, 1929

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent on August 19, 1929 to Rohrbach-lès-Bitche, France.

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REM
Der Bund
October 19, 1929


Cover — December 7, 1929

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent on December 7, 1929 to Paris, France.

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


Cover — September 26, 1933

Registered PO box 19108 cover sent as airmail on September 26, 1933 to Pardubice, Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic).

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