The homoerotic Tom of Finland stamps have not been voted in to the Nordic country’s top three stamps of the year, after losing out to scenic pictures of the countryside.
Last year, Finland’s Post Office released a limited-edition series of stamps in honour of the country’s iconic artist Tom of Finland.
The stamps were hugely popular in some circles and even became a best-seller for the Post Office as consumers ordered them in bulk. However, the stamps, which featured perfectly formed male buttocks among other images, did not go down well with everyone, with many believing they were far too erotic.
The vote on stamp of the year has now proven that, despite their popularity, the slightly more “normal” stamps are more popular among the public as a whole.
Out of 73 stamps published in 2014, Teemu Ollikainen’s image of Linnansaari National Park at dusk has been named the most beautiful. Second place was claimed by Janne Groning’s shoreline picture, while third spot belonged to the summer landscape photo by Tero Jamsa.
Out of 22,000 votes, just 6.7 per cent were cast for Tom of Finland’s image of a man looking between another man’s legs, with the latter’s clenched bottom on full view. But despite missing out on being named the best stamp in Finland, the stamp series was recognised internationally and has even led to spinoff designs such as bed sheets featuring the artist’s work.