Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Finnish Postage Stamps with Tom of Finland look worth a lick or two

Tom of Finland 1st Class Stamp

This September Itella Posti, Finland's postal service, will release seven new sets of stamps, containing a total of 33 new designs.  Catering mostly to autumnal garden scene and Finnish bridge fetishists, it is no surprise that I was less than enthused as I scanned through the press release.  That is until one new design caught my eye, and that is for Finland's greatest export, Tom of Finland.

The Finnish artist's iconic illustrations of burly men with big bums and generously sized bulges is recognised around the world, so it makes perfect sense that his work should be commemorated with its very own self-adhesive 1st class stamp.  Please note the underlining of self-adhesive, wasps.  I don't want you putting your tongue through any self-inflicted trauma, however tempted you might be the illustration.  The press release further explains:

"During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings. The two drawings on the stamp sheet were selected by graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the stamp, and Susanna Luoto, the Finnish representative of the foundation named after Tom of Finland operating in Los Angeles.

The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer. "The sheet portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country," says Timo Berry."

One ticket to the northern country, please.


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