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.
Charles Sekula was born in Budapest as Karl Béla Szekula to Béla Szekula and Antónia 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.
With his Intercity Stamp Company, now Santa Fe, New Mexico, he continued to sell stamps until at least the early 1980s.
Charles Chas Sekula died in Knoxville, Tennessee, on July 25, 1996, at the age of 86.
Cover — November 12, 1932
Sent registered on November 12, 1932, from Lucerne to Saint-Raphaël, France.
Cover — January 31, 1933
Sent registered on January 31, 1933, from Lucerne to Saint-Raphaël, France.
Cover — March 18, 1933
Sent registered on March 18, 1933, from Lucerne to Saint-Raphaël, France.
Cover — August 1, 1933
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).
Cover — August 1, 1934
Sent on August 1, 1934 to New York, USA.
Cover — August 7, 1934
Sent registered on August 7, 1934 to Pori (Swedish: Björneborg), Finland.
Offer — August 7, 1934
Envelope sent registered on August 7, 1934 to Ingelsträde, Sweden.
Postcard — September 8, 1934
Sent on September 8, 1934 to Lipolec, Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic).
Postcard — October 12, 1934
Sent on October 12, 1934 to Osijek, Yugoslavia (today in Croatia).
Cover — November 23, 1934
Sent registered on November 23, 1934, from Lucerne to New York City, USA.
Cover — March 25, 1935
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.
Offer — August 29, 1935
Sent registered on August 29, 1935, from Lucerne to Ingelsträde, Sweden.
Cover — October 31, 1935
Sent registered on October 31, 1935 to Far Rockaway, New York City, USA;
Cover — April 14, 1936
Sent registered on April 14, 1936, Lucerne to Myerstown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Covers — September 16, 1936
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.
Cover — November 1936
Sent registered in November 1936 from Lucerne to Perh Amboy, New Jersey, USA;
Cover — July 19, 1938
Sent on July 19, 1937 from Valdivia, Chile, to Intercity Stamp Company in Port Washington, New York, USA.
FDCs — 1939 to 1944
Prepared by Intercity Stamp Company, New York.
Cover — September 4, 1940
Sent registered on September 4, 1940 from Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico to Intercity Stamp Company in Port Washington, New York, USA.
Cover — February 19, 1941
Sent on February 19, 1941 by Atlas Stamp Ltd. (Eugen Sekula) to Intercity Stamp Company in Port Washington, New York, USA.
Cover — July 17, 1943
Censored air mail sent registered on July 17, 1943 from Ovingdean, Brighton, Sussex, England to Port Washington, New York, USA.
Cover — April 3, 1944
Censored cover sent registered on April 3, 1944, from Lausanne to Charles Sekula in Port Washington, New York, USA.
Scans provided by Max Brack.
Postcard — December 12, 1982
Advertising postcard sent on December 12, 1982 from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA to Clayton, New Jersey.