Tuula Heikkola – Skydiver, Photograper and Postcard Collector
In Autumn 2019, the Finnish Aviation Museum received a donation, consisting of skydiving-related photographs, clippings and other archive material. The material came from the inheritance of Tuula Heikkola, who had passed away earlier that year, and was donated to the Museum by Heikkola’s widow.
Tuula Heikkola (1945 – 2019) took an interest in skydiving in the turn of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her active carreer was relatively short – she made her first jump in the 1st of November 1969 at the Malmi Airfield, and did parachuting for only a couple of years. Her skydiving log book, included in the donated material, has a total of 39 jumps recorded in it. Tuula Heikkola was a member of Suomen Laskuvarjokerho ry (current Skydive Finland).
Tuula Heikkola was also an avid photographer, who documented Finnish skydiving. Heikkola, who also worked at the US Phto Agency, documented for instance the activities of Suomen Laskuvarjokerho and its active members, as well as the Finnish skydiving scene and both Finnish and Nordic Championship events. Heikkola collaborated with Erkki Näätänen, a photographer for Ilmailu-magazine – the two formed an unofficial trade name ”Parafoto”.
A sample of around 800 photographs forms the bulk of Tuula Heikkola’s collection. There is, however, plenty of other interesting material as well. Among other things, the material consists of around 700 aviation-related postcards – aside her carreer in aviation, Tuula Heikkola was also a collector of postcards, gloss photos and other collectibles.
With this sample of Tuula Heikkola’s Easter postcards, we wish you all a Happy Easter and nice spring season!
Some of the postcards in the virtual exhibition have augmented (AR) content added to them, which you can access with your mobile device! This is part of Haaga-Helia student’s project, aiming to develop and implement new digital technologies and services. You can support the project by participating in a short survey within the AR application – the first 100 participants of the survey will be granted a free ticket to the Finnish Aviation Museum, to be used after the ongoing lockdown is lifted and valid until December 2020. The participants also have the chance to win a simulator voucher in a lottery.
To access the AR-cotentent, you need the Artivive application, which you can download free of charge for either iOS or Android devices. Instructions to download and use the application:
- Open the virtual exhibition on your computer
- Download the Artivive app to your mobile device, either from App Storesta or Google Play.
- Open the Artivive application, and use the camera to scan the postcards with the ”AR” label from your computer screen
If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the Aviation Museum: email@example.com.