Follow the adventures, and the thinking, of the Finnish poster hunter here. Each month the hunter reveals something almost breathtaking…
Tales from the Poster Hunter
All you need is a (stylish) travel buddy
Summer 2020 is here! So now, as the world traveler you are, you might be walking around dreaming about, let’s say, Berlin, Balaton or the Bahamas?
Well, we all know that international travelling isn’t in the books for this summer. But instead, let’s think higher, better, and more exotic.
Let me take you on a journey through the land that has it all – Finland. How, you may wonder? Every truly successful journey requires a traveling companion. And a destination. May I present: The classic Finnish travel poster. Your friend and your destination.
Are you with me? Should we start with the great Finnish metropolises? (Actually we don’t have any, but don’t let that bother you)
With the help of a poster you can sit at an outdoor restaurant in downtown Helsinki, sip on a glass of champagne and wait for an interesting person to settle down at your table.
With the help of a poster you also learn that the city of Turku is the key to both the archipelago and the cradle of true culture. The stronghold of education!
With the help of a poster you understand that Tampere is the city where industry lives in harmony with green parks and happy bicycling city people.
Berlin? Poh. No match for the poster cities Helsinki, Turku and Tampere, right?
Good. Now let’s talk about the lakes.
In the poster of Lake Saimaa you stand up on a rock, in the middle of our national landscape, watching the proud pine trees, waving to the steamer down there. In Päijänne – the steepest lake in Finland – the water is truly azure and there eternity meets harmony on the horizon.
Balaton? Wonderful. But the Finnish lakes are waiting for you. And they are at least as wonderful.
Let’s continue with the beaches.
In Hanko, at the southwestern tip of Finland, you are more handsome than most people. Not to mention the sandy beaches of Lappeenranta where you smilingly play beach volley. And then we have the archipelago, where you as a man are muscular and you as a woman are otherwise just graceful.
The Caribbean? Well. We Finns have always boasted that we are realistic dreamers. And such people dream of places like Hanko, Lappeenranta and the Åland Islands instead.
These classic travel posters were created mainly in the 1930s and 1950s. They were created to attract foreign adventurers to exotic Finland.
The good news is that these posters still are around. So when you travel virtually to Finland this summer, make sure you have a good travel buddy and a destination.
The Finnish travel poster is both!
It’s better to spread joy!
May 7, 2020
You have probably noticed it at your post office, employees hauling bags filled with postcards? Yep, we have rediscovered a wonderful tradition.
And no one is happier than me. Because, as a poster hunter, I know that many of Finland’s most stylish postcards are created by illustrators who worked both as poster and postcard artists at the time.
In addition, our poster artists also knew that the images they painted by hand must always work in reduced form as well: as brochure covers, as postcards, as luggage patches.
Take Ingrid Bade and Aukusti Tuhka as examples. In the 1930s, Bade captured the joy of travelling in Finland. Aukusti Tuhka did the same, especially with Finnish Lapland. They are two different artists with completely different styles. But their iconic motifs have survived all the trends and different movements, and now they are ready to give joy to your friend in quarantine: either to a neighbor or to someone on the other side of the globe.
So let’s celebrate with a special offer:
(valid until May 14th, 2020)
Don’t worry, you’ll most certainly find designs you like: we have 189 different postcards for you to choose from.
Oh well, let’s hope that those postal workers start training their biceps.
Magnus Londen, poster hunter
Please keep in touch! magnus.londen(at)cometofinland.fi
PS. Thank you for all your happy comments after my last letter! Let me know if there is anything special about Finnish travel posters you want me to write about in the next letter, it will be a summer special!
99 reasons to stop staring at the screen
April 10, 2020
We only have two questions for you today:
- Do you feel like you’ve spent too much time in front of the screen lately?
- Did you know that we at Come to Finland have an art treasure that can be yours?
Here is our recommendation: Put away your device. Forget Game of Thrones and Instagram for awhile. Instead, focus on your home and on how you can give it a completely new look by simply putting up some art. Already a single classic Finnish travel poster will get you in a much better mood – we promise *.
Instead of a screen, wouldn’t you prefer to stare at beautiful Finland? This incredible Land of Romance where the sun never sets, where the lakes are blue like blueberries and every meal is a culinary crescendo.
Let’s be honest: as it is not currently possible to travel, our posters are your best chance to experience the beauty of Finland.
In our range of posters (you have about 99 designs to choose from) you will find both lovely vintage classics as well as newly produced motifs.
No matter what poster you choose, you can be sure that your walls at home will be a lot more fun than your instagram feed.
Too bad you can’t scroll on your walls.
Magnus Londen, Poster Hunter
Please keep in touch! magnus.londen (at) cometofinland.fi
*) If you, for some unknown reason, would feel worse after hanging up a Come to Finland poster on your wall, you can simply return the poster to us. We won’t ask any hard questions.