Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Famagusta in Cyprus was a beautiful spot that demanded hotels due to increased volumes of tourists. It was one of the most popular places to visit and in the early 70’s boasted famous visitors like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Brigitte Bardot.

The Turkish Army gained control of the area in 1974, just hours before the conflict that led up to this refugees fled. I believe the figure is around 45,000 people who were told that they would eventually return home. To date that has not happened. Since the area was barred only the Turkish Military and United Nations Personell are given access. The plan was to allow the return of Varosha to Greek Cypriot control but it did not happen.

Due to this the area lies abandoned with the buildings being left to fall apart, nature reclaims her and reports of Sea turtles have appeared as they have been nesting on the deserted beaches. Following it’s abandonment there were reports of lights being seen still burning in the windows of abandoned buildings and a car dealerships remained stocked with the now Vintage 1974 car models.

Now DO NOT watch this if you have a weak constitution, you’re very easily upset or you are going to find yourself feeling uneasy about this. I am warning you because I personally love and adore animals but curiosity has got the better of me…

The link will be at the bottom but it’s up to you, please do not say I haven’t warned you.

The main bulk of why I posted this is actually more to do with it being Vintage footage, whilst a little gruesome in nature it also has some very interesting information.

The footage I picked was a particular man, Sergey Sergeyavich Bryukhonenko, he was a Soviet Scientist during the Stalin era. His research was vital to the development of open heart procedures in Russia, but he is primarily remembered for a machine – the autojektor.

Basically it was a primitive heart and lung machine, the device was used with various results on canines and can also be seen in the video below.  He was posthumously awarded the Lenin Prize.

The video is in the public domain and can be downloaded as part of the Prelinger Archives, the version I watched was English dubbed and it’s a very controversial watch.

I think the most poignant part for me would be at what point is a display of science more about the shock value than the actual use? Clearly we’re looking at a very old video, it’s from the 1940’s but you can clearly see that this is something akin to Frankenstein but the reality makes it more shocking, of course that’s if you believe it to be real.

These kind of things can vastly turn into an outcry about the hideous behaviour, how could they! Well lets be honest this isn’t today’s world we’re looking back at people who most likely felt this was the best approach. The only thing I would say is that I am glad it is not something I was part of.

Part One

Part Two