The Tom of Finland postal stamp series and a coinciding exhibition of Tom’s letter correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, recently launched in Finland to national and international attention.
Finland’s postal service, Itella Posti Oy, released the Tom of Finland stamp series on Monday, September 8. The three 1st class stamps were coordinated by Solja Järvenpää of Arts Promotion Centre Finland; Susanna Luoto and Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF); and Timo Berry of Finnish design agency BOTH. In the lead-up to the release, the historic sheet of three stamps raised immense interest worldwide, attracting preorders from 178 countries.
On the same day as the stamp release, the Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland exhibition opened as the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum. Housed in the Vapriikki museum centre in the city of Tampere, this exhibition features a selection of Tom’s correspondence – on display for the first time – along with a selection of additional items, including some of Tom’s clothing.
As well as attracting international attention, both the stamps and exhibition have attracted considerable attention in Tom’s native Finland, with coverage appearing in Finnish national newspaper Iltalehti (in the article, “Tom of Finland -postimerkit kiinnostivat jonoksi asti”), Finland’s national public broadcaster Yle (in the article, “Tom of Finland -postimerkit suosituimpia Suomen historiassa – ennakkotilauksia 178 maahan”), amongst many others.
Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland runs until March 29, 2015 at the Postal Museum at Museum Centre Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Exhibition hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Map | Museum phone number +358 (0) 3 5656 6966.