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  Tom of Finland  (1920 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: Finland      Known for: homoerotic and fetish art

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BIOGRAPHY for Tom of Finland
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Birth
1920 (Kaarina, Finland)
 
Death
1991 (Helsinki, Finland)

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Finland

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Tom of Finland (birth name Touko Laaksonen) was born on May 8, 1920  into a middle-class family in a southwestern Finland area Kaarina near Turku, where he spent his childhood years.

In 1939 he moved to the country's capital Helsinki to study advertising, he also started drawing erotic images for his own pleasure.  He was conscripted in February 1940 into the Finnish Army.  He served as an anti-aircraft officer, holding the rank of a second lieutenant.  After the war, (showing 500 of 3191 characters).



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