The Szekula Family of Stamp Dealers

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.

Emil Gogarten

Postage stamp with red E. Gogarten handstamp on back
Greece Michel #250 with
E. Gogarten handstamp on back
Dr. phil. Carl Emil Gogarten, originally from Dortmund, Germany, had already lived in Switzerland (Zollikon, Zurich) since at least 1909 when he joined Béla’s stamp business. He worked there as an employee with signatory rights (“Prokura”) from March 1920 to August 1923. In the following years he probably continued dealing with stamps as a private seller, and in July 1927 he opened his own stamp company “Dr. phil. Gogarten” in Ebikon. In December 1934 he closed his business and moved away.

1925 Covers

Two registered covers sent off from Lucerne in 1925 by Emil Gogarten, first one on June 2 to Thun, second one on October 14 to Ennenda.

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Scans provided by Max Brack.

1926 Cover

Registered cover sent on December 6, 1926 by Dr. Phil. Emil Gogarten, Ebikon, from Lucerne to Brandenburg a. d. Havel, Germany.