VEF TA-68

VEF TA-68

VEF TA-68 behind
VEF TA-68 behind

The TA-68 was the most popular plastic telephone in the USSR, or so they say. It was made by VEF (Valsts elektrotechniskā fabrika, National Electrotechnical Factory), in Riga, Latvia. It was made from the 70 to well into the 80s. You can still find them in use today.

It is a typical plastic phone of its time: dog and bone configuration, sloping front, grip at the rear, volume control for the ringer.

Same as many eastern European telephones this model came in a wide variety of colours, although I am not sure if back in the day these colours were a normal sight.

VEF TA-68 box
VEF TA-68 box

TA stand for Telephone Apparatus, 68 may be referring to 1968. It was completely made out of plastic, with a PCB inside.

It came in a rotary dial version and a CB version. It is unusual that VEB opted for a separate housing for the CB version with a smooth closed front instead of using a dial version with a blanc plate over the opening for the dial.
This means the CB-version cannot be upgraded to a dial version, without changing the body shell.

In my collection

VEF TA-68 Diagram
VEF TA-68 Diagram

This is one of those many eastern block plastic telephones that came in a huge variety of wild colours. I every now and then buy one, if I spot one in a good shade of red.

This is no exception in that respect. I could not pass this one up, because apart from the beautiful shade of red, and it was also new in its original box. Inside the box was even a diagram and also a wall socket came with it.