We took a walk.
Nipa Mäkinen & Touko Laaksonen lived togheter at the 4th floor at Fabriksgatan 7 D 1972-1981. Nipa got laryngeal cancer and died 1981. Touko lived in the flat until 1984 when he was forced to move to different flats like one at Drumsön. From 1986 Tuoko lived in a flat at the 3rd floor at Fredriksgatan 43 until his death.
Touko Laaksonen is better known as Tom of Finland and made more than 3500 pictures and had around 25 exhibitions. In 1956 at the age of 37 he sent his first gay erotic pictures to a magazine in USA.
”Nipa” Veli Mäkinen, birth unknown-1981 & Touko Valio Laaksonen 1920-1991 in Dortmund, Germany (1949-1990 West Germany - Federal republic of Germany), in the 1970s. Photo unknown, Tom of Finland foundation.
Tom of Finland stamp 1 klass letter, Posten Finland, design Timo Berry & Susanna Luoto (2014) Tom of Finland foundation.
Sampsa, Fabriksgatan 7 D, built by Vilho Lekman, birth & death unknown & J W Tikka, birth & death unknown (1909).
Originally Paulusgatan after holy Peter & Paul, changed to Fabriksgatan (factory street) 1887 when an industrial zone was planned in todays part of Eira, the plan was abandoned around 1900 but the name remained.
”Nipa” Veli Mäkinen & Touko Laaksonen at the piano & Toukos sister Kaija Laaksonen, birth unknown-2008. Kaija studied at the school of applied art Ateneum. Photo unknown.
Fredriksgatan 43/Lönnrotsgatan 15, by Gustaf Adolf Lindberg 1865-1906 & Knut Wasastjerna 1867-1935 (1907).
Fredriksgatan is named after Gustaf Fredrik Stjernvall 1767-1815 & Johan Fredrik Aminoff 1756-1842.
Company bar for ”real men” at the restaurant Gay Gambrini ”Kampsu” 1984-1993, at the 2nd floor at Stora Robertsgatan 3-5. The building by Constantin Kiseleff 1834-1888 & Elia Heikel 1853-1919 (1885).
Stora Robertsgatan (and Lilla Robertsgatan) are named after Robert Henrik Rehbinder 1777-1841, secretary of state for the Grand duchy of Finland (1809-1917 Russian empire) 1811-1841.
”A black bar in the taste of men, Company bar is open for men also at women's night at Kampsu”, design unknown, Gay Gambrini.