The mail carriers of Finland are in for a treat! It was just announced that the Nordic country has approved a new set of postage stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland. The renowned artist (real name: Touko Laaksonen), who passed away in 1991, produced more than 3,500 images during his long career. This premier set of three first-class adhesive (no licking involved!) stamps was designed by Finnish graphic artist Timo Berry. The explicit and, of course, homoerotic images that appear on the stamps date from 1978 and '79.
The stamp set will be released on September 8 to coincide with the Sealed With a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland exhibition, which opens at the Postal Museum in Tampere, Finland, on the same day. The show will feature some of Tom's lesser-known works. "These are very exciting times in Finland as the country rediscovers one of its national heroes," says Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of the Tom of Finland Foundation. "The stamp, the exhibition, new books and the film on Tom of Finland...will reveal all the layers of the artist and his amazing contributions to the world." Collect all three! For more information, visit Tom of Finland Foundation.