Eager buyers of Tom of Finland stamps have crashed the webstore of Itella (the Finnish postal service).
IMAGE CAPTURE ITELLA WEBSITE
Itella decided, exceptionally, to put the signs pre-sale online store on Wednesday. When the information spread to the world, the online store’s website overloaded beyond recognition, “We acquire additional resources and strive to get the pages to work again soon”, it was reported Itella communications. Itella does not remember any prior interest in stamps so great. Tom of Finland pre-sales were expected a great deal. Although the release date was set for 8 September, Itella had to put them in pre-sale now. “We have not encountered anything like this before. We were flooded with direct contacts: via the Web, telephone exchanges, in every possible way”, says Itella Development Markku Penttinen .
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3rd May LA Band of Brothers – Hosted Reception & Fundraiser
10th May Satyrs M/C Grand Reception – Entertainment, Bike Show, Food & Cocktails
17th & 18th May Long Beach Pride Weekend Event
24th May Cultural Alliance Long Beach – Hosted Reception
31st May Tom of Finland Foundation Exhibit – Closing Reception and Fundraiser
Exhibitions Open Wednesdays through Sundays
Rumble – Leather & Motorcycles, the Long Road to Equality
is an Overview of LGBT History in Los Angeles and Long Beach
and Our Influence on the Nation
Los Angeles’ Gay history begins as early as 1850 when it was the wild frontier and the gold rush was on. Being Gay was not much of an issue up until 1914, when the events in Long Beach changed American’s perception of Gay people for the next 40 years. Not until a couple of pioneering Gay groups formed in the 1950s, did Gay people chart a long course toward equality.
1950 Mattachine Society forms.
1954 Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles forms.
(The oldest continuously running Gay organization in the world)
1958 Oedipus Motorcycle Club forms shortly after the death of Senator McCarthy.
1959 First protest by LGBT in the world takes place Cooper’s Donuts.
1966 Tavern Guild & LAPD have a de facto truce on bar raids.
1966 Nation’s first Gay pride parade is seen on CBS News.
1967 Demonstrations at Black Cat Tavern protesting police raids.
1968 Protests in Griffith Park.
1968 Demonstrators from The Patch bar move to police station.