TOM’s dad

Tom of Finland’s real name is Touko Laaksonen. His father was Edvin Laaksonen and he was born in 1885. When Edvin had finished teacher’s training college, he worked first as a teacher in Hausjärvi, then the town of Kaarina. Besides teaching, he participated in community activities; he was member of the local government council, the election board and the church council. He was also chairman of the Finnish Amateur Musicians Association.

“Edvin Laaksonen was the chairman of the management at the Commune of Kaarina Library from 1920-1939.”

The Public Library management in the 1920s. From the left: V. Viik, A. Laiho, Edv. Laaksonen, H. Heimo, T. Niemi and A. J. Sinisalo

The History of Kaarina County, Part 4
Author: Kerttu Innamaa
Publisher: Kaarina History Committee
Publishing year: 1957
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