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.


Tibor & Gabor Szekula

 
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Newspaper ad (Le Rhône December 1941)
In April 1937, when it became apparent that Géza Sekula would be forced to give up his business, his two oldest sons Tibor (born March 18, 1911 in Budapest) and Gabor (born September 13, 1913 in Lucerne) founded the “Capitol Briefmarken A.G. (Capitol Stamps Ltd.) (Capitol Timbres-postes S.A.)” at their father's address Werchlaubengasse 2, taking over stamps worth Fr. 5000 from unspecified sellers in exchange for corporate stock of the same value. Sole board member was Tibor Sekula. Only half a year later the company moved to Lausanne, Rue du Grand-Chêne 6, now operating as “Capitol Timbres-postes S.A. (Capitol Stamps Ltd.)” with Tibor as director and Gabor as authorized signatory. After eighteen years in the stamp trade the business was closed in February 1955.

1939-04 Postcard

Advertising postcard sent on April 4, 1939 from Lausanne to Calcutta, India.

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1939-05 Postcard

Advertising postcard sent on May 2, 1939 from Lausanne to Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.

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1942-12 Postcard

Censored advertising postcard sent on December 15, 1942 from Lausanne to Aarhus, Denmark.

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1944 Cover

Sent registered on May 6, 1944 from Karhumäki, occupied by the Finnish army during WW2 (today Medvezhyegorsk, Russia), to Gabor Sekula, director of Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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Scan provided by Max Brack.

1947-03 Cover

Sent registered on March 25, 1947 from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Capitol Stamps Ltd., Lausanne.

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1947-09-20 Cover

Sent on September 20, 1947 from Náchod, Czechoslovakia, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1947-09-29 Cover

Sent registered on September 29, 1947 from Pamplona, Spain, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1947-10 Postcard

Advertising postcard sent on October 31, 1947 from Lausanne to Georgetown, British Guiana.

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1948-02 Cover

Sent registered on February 7, 1948 from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Capitol Timbres Poste S.A., Lausanne.

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1948-03 Cover

Sent on March 13, 1948 from Budapest, Hungary, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1948-05 Cover

Sent registered on May 15, 1948 from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1948-10 Cover

Sent in October 1948 from Ozora, Hungary, to Gabor Sekula, director of Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1948-10-05 Cover

Sent on October 5, 1948 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1948-12 Cover

Sent registered in Decenber 1948 from Zbraslav nad Vltavou, Czechoslovakia (today part of Prague, Czech Republic), to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1949-02-15 La Coruña Cover

Sent on February 15, 1949 from La Coruña, Spain, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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1949-02-15 Melilla Cover

Sent registered on February 15, 1949 from Melilla, Spain, to Capitol Stamp Ltd., Lausanne.

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