Henrik Londen's recent History of the Finnish Minnow was one of the most popular guest features ever on my blog. He very graciously sent me the following addendum, which I share with you, along with his commentary.
These are pictures of Toivo Pylvalainen, the inspiration for the rapala minnow. As my wife says, this is what I would have turned into had I not met her.
The following one where he is testing a lure, the younger guys are Lauri Rapala's sons.
Here is Toivo with his wooden fishing boat:
Finally, Toivo in his house. Note the massive Norlund-type pike gaff.
Anyone with any information on Finnish Minnows or lures should contact Henrik at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Henrik for this neat update!
-- Dr. Todd