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Tom Of Finland Stamps Break Postal Sales Records - VIDEO

Finland

Stamps designed as a tribute to Finnish homoerotic artist Touko Laaksonen - better known as Tom of Finland -  have become the country’s biggest seller ever, reports YLE UUTISET.

The stamps, which had received pre-orders from 178 different countries, went on sale on Monday and coincided with an exhibition of Tom of Finland’s drawings and letters from the 1940s to his death in 1991.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6dd3742970b-800wiPreorders have proved most popular in Finland, Sweden, the U.K., the United States and France.

Markku Penttinen, the head of development at Finland’s postal service Posti, said:

"We haven't seen this kind of interest before in Posti's history and we probably won't again soon. Our starting point was to get Touko Laaksonen's artwork in our stamps.

"We know that he was very well-known globally. Of course the subject matter is also topical and much discussed. This equation has worked better than we anticipated.”

Despite Finland being the only Nordic country in which same-sex marriage is not legal, Penttinen also suggested that the homoerotic nature of the Tom of Finland stamps would prove too much for many other countries to swallow.

The stamps’ designer Timo Berry said:

"Tom of Finland's greatest significance is that these gay figures were given their masculinity. Previously they had been portrayed as ‘girlish.’

"It's great that these sketches that had to be sold in secret can now be publicly viewed on envelopes and postcards.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Harvey Milk commemorative stamp.

Watch a report on the Tom of Finland stamps, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Finland to Issue 'Tom of Finland' Postage Stamps: VIDEO

Finland

Finland is set to release postage stamps honoring the work of gay artist Tom of Finland:

The artist, whose work celebrates the male form and Itella describes as ‘proud homoeroticism’, was selected by graphic designer Timo Berry.

"The sheet (of stamps) portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country," said Berry in an Itella press release.

The sheet of three stamps is to be released in September in conjunction with a new Postal Museum planned for the Vapriikki centre in Tampere.

Enjoy a 'making of' video (work-unfriendly), in Finnish, and a great bonus clip about the Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park, California, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom of Finland's L.A. Studio Revealed by His Muse and Mentor: VIDEO PREMIERE

Dehner

Starting on November 2, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is presenting the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of 20th century erotic art and leaders  of an emerging post-war gay culture.

TomoffinlandAs part of the exhibition, MOCAtv has produced a short film about the Tom of Finland foundation, which sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The foundation is located in a house where 'Tom of Finland' lived with Foundation co-founder and former Bruce Weber model Durk Dehner.

Dehner met the artist after seeing an illustration that was hanging at NYC's Spike bar, and Dehner met Tom and became his caretaker, and one of Tom's muses.

MOCA is allowing Towleroad readers to be the first to see this film, which features Dehner and foundation Vice President S.R. Sharp discussing Tom's work, how he got his name, and why he moved to Los Angeles.

The home is open to the public as well.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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