This website is dedicated to the Hungarian born stamp dealers Béla, Géza, Eugen and Frank Szekula.
After moving to Lucerne in 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.
Maria “Marie” Stutzer began working as an office employee with “Kollektivprokura” (i.e. with shared signatory rights) in Béla’s stamp company in December 1926. In September 1931, she also joined the officers at the Cosmophilatelist A.G. shortly after it was founded. Around December 1935 / January 1936 she left both companies, but for several more years she continued to buy and sell stamps from her own business address at Himmelrichstrasse 1.
Cover — March 1935
Registered philatelic cover sent on March 26, 1935 from Turan, Tannu Tuva, to Maria Stutzer.
Cover — November 1936
Sent registered on November 23, 1936 from Cologne, Germany, to “Firma” (company) Maria Stutzer, Lucerne.
Cover — March 1937
Sent registered on March 30, 1937 from Lucerne to Vevey.
Cover — November 1937
Sent registered on November 8, 1937 from Stuttgart, Germany, to Lucerne.
Cover — March 1938
Sent registered on March 28, 1938 from Lucerne to Malmö, Sweden.
Cover — December 1943
Sent registered on December 18, 1943 from Lucerne to Vitznau.
Cover — May 1954
Philatelic cover sent registered on May 18, 1954 from Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to Lucerne.