Seta grants Itella Posti the Apple of Good Information honorable mention

Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland awards annually its “Apple of Good Information” honorable mention to someone who has contributed positively to the situation of sexual or gender minorities. According to Seta, Itella Posti’s stamp collection featuring the art of world famous Tom of Finland, to be published in the autumn, is a “significant cultural achievement and an example of how a company can positively use the ideas of sexual orientation and gender diversity in its business operations”.

The Tom of Finland stamps will be published in honor of one of Finland’s best-known artists. Itella Posti’s stamp committee regards Tom of Finland creator Touko Laaksonen as an internationally distinguished artist whose works have significantly contributed to popular culture.

Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

Credit: Itella Posti. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation

“At Itella Posti, it is important to us that Finnish stamps live with the times and depict diverse topics. The Tom of Finland stamps raise awareness of a Finnish artist whose art has contributed to the promotion of sexual equality. More light will be cast on the person behind the art in the Post Museum’s exhibition to open in the autumn”, says Itella Posti’s Development Director Markku Penttinen.

The Tom of Finland stamps will be published on 8th September. Due to the great international demand, they are already available for advance order from Posti’s online shop. Graphic designer Timo Berry designed the stamps based on Touko Laaksonen’s works. The Tom of Finland Foundation applied for the topic with the stamp committee. In addition to the stamps, from September 8, a postcard series inducing three Touko Laaksonen art post cards and Tom of Finland stamps will also be for sale.

Annually, Itella Posti publishes around 20 stamp sets. The Tom of Finland stamps have raised the most international interest of any previous postage stamps – even before their publication.


Remembering Christine Kessler


Photo by Stuart Sandford, 2014


Photo by Stuart Sandford, 2014


Photo by Stuart Sandford, 2014


Artwork by Christine Kessler. Photo at TOM House by Stuart Sandford, 2014

THE FETISH BALL Tom of Finland Foundation hosted seven fetish photographers June 2002 with an exhibition of their works for one night only. Dave Naz, Christine Kessler, Gary & Pierre Silva, Steven Diet Goedde, Ben Hoffman, Miguel Angel Reyes, and Reno Larson were each provided with a room dedicated to exhibiting their works, plus several common rooms for group exhibitions.  The affair was attended by several hundred fetish enthusiasts who were given an opportunity to experience the works of the guest artists, and to view the Foundation’s permanent collection of over 150 works on exhibit. – DISPATCH, Fall 2002

Photo by JayPG

Photo by JayPG, 2002

Christine not only took thousands and thousands of photographs as her art, she also took hundreds and hundreds of photographs of other artists’ work, documenting ToFF’s permanent collection. 

Family and friends came to TOM House, where Christine once lived, on 29th June to commemorate her life, she passed away 29th May 2014. She is missed a million times over.