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Tom of Finland Drawings
GLC 108  
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Description
Five drawings by Tom of Finland depicting groups of two, three, and four men in erotic situations that feature leather and naval uniforms. The collection also includes a photocopied photograph of Tom Nicoll.
Background
Tuoko Laaksonen (1920-1991), better known as Tom of Finland, was an artist best known for his gay erotic art. His drawings feature hyper-masculine subjects who often wear uniforms or leather. His work was first published by "Physique Pictorial" by Athletic Model Guild in 1957. Tom Nicoll was a London-based physique photographer for the Scott studio. He was also a leading member of the city's leather crowd and, in the summer of 1957, he encouraged Tom of Finland to purchase his first black leather jacket.
Extent
6 items (in 1 oversized folder)
Restrictions
Copyright held by Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, California.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.