PTT type Memofoon

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PTT type Memofoon
PTT type Memofoon

This model is actually a Standard Electrik Kirk 76E, from Denmark. It is a very well made telephone with many advanced features, especially for its time. Not only was much attention spent on the fully electronic inside, but also on the outside and on its ergonomics as it was designed by Jacob Jensen, the famous designer responible for many iconic Bang & Olufsen designs. The design started out as a standard design for the Danish public telephone network, but as it was so highly advanced and well made it found it’s way under various names to other countries as well.

PTT memofoon 1987 catalogus
PTT memofoon 1987 catalogus

During the 80s PTT had an extensive range of telephones on offer, most of them designs from all over the world, rebranded as PTT-models. Usually these were named after cities, often a reference to the original country of origin of the particular model like the Kopenhagen and the Bazel. So it is rather exceptional that this particular phone was not named after a city, but rather a clue to it’s electronic capabilities, which were rather extraordinary for it’s  time.

PTT had this model in 3 different colours, white, brown and green.

It also came in 3 different versions, which were available as pulse dialling and as DTMF:

  • de Luxe: the basic version
  • Comfort: had a memory for 12 numbers and because of the early electronics needing a lot of power, it had an additional powersuply
  • Parade: had a memory for 42 numbers and a small LCD display, showing the number that was dialled.
PTT memofoon single voor

At the time this was highly advanced telephone, both in design and in electronic capabilities. Because of this PTT promoted it in many ways and even had a vinyl record made for it, listing its many features.

It was available in the 2nd half of the 1980s and belonged to the high end of the range of phones PTT had on offer at that time.

Price ranged from f 279 to f 695 in 1987, see picture. That would be about € 125 to € 315 at an normal monthly income of about f 2000 wich is about € 900. Nowadays you do not very often find one, so I guess not very many were sold. It was rather expensive, so that is to be expected. I have owned a few over time and those that I did find were in very good condition. Apparantly they hold very well over time, because of the very high quality materials used.

PTT memofoon single achter
PTT memofoon single achter

I once got a bag of three green ones, all Comfort versions, complete with manual and original receipt of purchase. I scanned these documents and they are available as PDF. The manual is in Dutch only, I’m afraid.

Unfortunately PTT never had a red version. However I was lucky enough to find a red Danish version, when I was on vacation there and snapped one up at a 2nd hand market on my 3rd day there.

SEK 76E Comét
SEK 76E Comét

For more information about this exceptional telephone and why it was so extraordinary, please read the article on the Standard Electrik Kirk 76E.

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