Huudi-Museum Collections: Object 1003,012 D (Svobada Group)
This item purchased from a Naantali scrap yard for one hundred euros has its usual story. It begins one hundred years before the solemn opening of the British-French tunnel.
The production of the electroacoustic Power Communicator (ET), designed by Dr. Peter B. Gudu, was celebrated with an eight-course dinner in the
workshop of Poika-Kalervo von Bülow in Panelia. After coffee, cognac and Cubans, the first test run of the appliance was in operation. It was made more exciting for the presence of Odd Olav Ogg, CEO of Svopada Group, potential financier, producer and distributor of the device , as well as his entourage of sycophants .
The ingenious idea of Dr. Peter B. Gudu was to use a wireless titanic coil to send a wireless signal instead of coherer used by Sir Oliver Lodge. Mr. Ogg was honored to be the first Finnish etheric voice and read the first verse of Främlingens syn in a soft voice with a phonetic cylindrical microphone:
Vems är palatset, som jag for förbi
I kvällens mörker nyss? Vem bor däri?
Så gravlikt hemskt det stannat i mitt minne:
Det höjde sig så stolt bland nejdens hus,
Men det var mörkt och tomt och dött därinne,
Blott ur ett rum, ett enda, lyste ljus.
The electroacoustic broadcast “was heard” clearly as far way as Little Saaremaa. This was made remarkable by the fact that the electroacoustic receiver was at the design stage at that time. The transmission was also sensed by deaf, blind and deafblind, so the broadcast had to be made at wavelengths other than those acoustic or visible.
It was soon found that the recipient of the transmission was not able to perceive the broadcast as directed from the outside, but perceived is as part of ones internal dialogue. When the broadcast, instead of Runeberg, contained clear instructions, it was found to be 60 percent more effective compared to an order given face to face.
In the following years, the Group generated significantly more profit than would have been expected on the basis of net sales growth.
Sven-Stencil Björksocker, the next CEO of Svopada Group, was initially delighted about the changes behind the eastern border of Finland, and considered the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as a refreshing variation compared to the pompousness of the tsarist era. In 1927, however, he sent a series of powerful anti-Soviet letters to Uusi Aura, Uusi Päivä, and Uusi Suomi newspapers. The reason for the change in attitude was rumored to have been a failed transaction considering a Fabergé’s Easter egg.
After the Paris Peace Treaty, Björksocker, a deputy, moved back to Sweden and financed anti-Soviet resistance in the Baltic countries and Poland. He also contributed to the Royal Danish Ether Society, which, along with his traditional job description, also served as front for the OSS and later the CIA.
The Danish Royal Ether Society used the device to communicate with the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Forest Brotherhood resistance forces. However, after the general amnesty in 1955, the resistance in the Baltic countries was virtually eliminated and a new use was sought for the Danish device now known as Fjernhøjttaler.
Every year until 1972, the Danish Royal Ether Society announced the annual Farmer Award (Årets Landbrugiværksætteren). In 1955, the prize was awarded to Domingo Bordaberry Elizondo from Uruguay. In addition to the 5,000 Danish crowns, the prize sent to Montevideo included a practical cloak and the Fjernhøjttaler apparatus, which had become obsolete at this point in the ethereal community. Domingo Bordaberry Elizondo used the device in cattle assembly. It was calculated to have replaced contribution of ten gauchos and reduced production costs by up to 60 percent.
In 1971, then, the son of Domingo Bordaberry Elizondo, President of Uruguay, Juan María Bordaberry, authorized the army to use a device now known as Transformador Lingual in the interrogation of members of the Tupamara Guerrilla Movement. After the army removed Bordaberry from power in 1976, the property of the former dictator was sold at a public auction except for the Montevideo farm. Transformador Lingual was bought by the famous Bulgarian diplomat Hristov Sendov for 153 001 pesos (UYU). The device returned to the old continent with Sendov and was successfully used for retraining and managing crowds of dissidents.
During the collapse of European socialist systems, the Bulgarian security service Komitet za darzhavna sigurnost smuggled the device now known as the Mesmer Communicator across the border for ”safekeeping”. The Balgarska Komunisticheska Partiya party owned a trawler named Betty, registered in Kotka. In addition to the Mesmer Communicator, wine, tobacco, two Arsenal P-M02 semi-automatic weapons and 50,000 in Bulgarian leca in cash in plastic bags were stored in the trawler, waiting for the return of Todor Živkov and the party to the power.
However, as a result of the monetary reform, the value of the currency retained in the trawler fell to one-thousandth of the original, and the Communist Party, which shrunk into a marginal resistance movement, was no longer able to carry out port dues. The Betty trawler was towed to the western coast of Finland, to the then Velkua municipality, where it later sank when it was abandoned.
In the 2004 zoning, Betty’s wreck was lifted and taken to the Luonnonmaa shipyard in Naantali, where metals and wood were separated. What was left of the brine pickled Mesmer Communicator ended up with the remainder of the resaleable waste at a nearby junk shop.