This website is dedicated to the Hungarian born stamp dealers Béla, Géza, Eugen and Frank Szekula.
After moving to Switzerland each one of them opened his own stamp business with emphasis on international stamp trade.
All four were probably rather driven by money than by the love for stamps, and 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 family.
Charles Sekula was born in Budapest as Karl Béla Szekula to Béla Szekula and Antonia Heller on March 30, 1910.
In late 1930 he joined the management of his father’s stamp wholesale “Béla Sekula, Cosmophilatelist.”
In 1931 he also became an authorized signatory at the “Cosmophilatelist A.G.” corporation shortly after its foundation.
At the same time he was still in the Swiss army where he achieved the rank of lieutenant.
After abusing a number of (sick) recruits who didn't perform to his satisfaction in March 1932 he was sentenced to 10 days confinement.
Subsequently, he concentrated on a civilian career in the stamp trade.
In 1935 he married Elsa Keller (1915–1989) in London.
In January 1936 The “Metropol Briefmarken A.G. (Metropol Stamps Ltd.)” was founded, taking over stamps worth Fr. 7500 from Charles Sekula-Keller in exchange for corporate stock of the same value.
In the same year the couple moved to New York.
In 1937 Metropol Stamps Limited and its American branch office merged to form the “Intercity Stamp Company”, Port Washington, New York.
In 1947 Charles and his wife moved to Santa Fe where he died on July 25, 1996 at the age of 86.
It is not clear if he was still actively involved in the stamp business later in his life; in his obituary he was called “a Santa Fe philatelist since 1947”, indicating that, unlike his father, he had a real interest in stamps.
This envelope from 1933 still contained the material accompanying a stamp lot offered to a customer in Rosario, Argentina: the invoice, a cover letter and a questionnaire (front and back shown).
Sent on August 1, 1934 to New York, USA.
Envelope sent on August 7, 1934 to Ingelsträde, Sweden.
Sent on September 8, 1934 to Lipolec, Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic).
Sent on October 12, 1934 to Osijek, Yugoslavia (today in Croatia).
Registered philatelic cover sent on March 25, 1935 from Turan, Tannu Tuva, to Charles Sekula. Franked with Scott #54-60 / Michel #59-65. “LUZERN 2” arrival postmark on back dated “12.IV.35.”
Two covers to the short-lived Metropol Stamps Ltd. in Lucerne:
Cover sent registered on September 16, 1936 from Lima, Peru.
Cover sent registered on September 26, 1936 from Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Prepared by “Intercity Stamp Company,” New York.
Sent on February 19, 1941 by “Atlas Stamp Ltd.” (Eugen Sekula) to “Intercity Stamp Company” in Port Washington, New York, USA.