Finally, a red Unifoon

Unifoon beige rood en wit
Unifoon beige rood en wit

When I was young I used to marvel at the pictures in the PTT-catalogue. Sometime in the 80’s, the telephones provided by PTT were printed in nice colours in the telephone book. Those were the days before internet and we had only 2 TV channels, so I used to read about everything I could lay my hands on. Including the telephone book.
PTT Unifoon ad 1987I remember seeing those beautiful touch tone telephones. They were truly the epitome of high tech. And there was the transparent PTT T65 Delft too! Pure sci-fi! I asked my parents if we could buy one of those nice telephones, but they deemed it too expensive.

PTT W65
PTT W65

In those days everybody had a grey rotary telephone. You hardly ever saw something different. We had one of those W65 wall phones in the hall way.

When I started collecting telephones, and in particular red telephones, I soon had a red specimen of the Unifoon for only a couple of euros. It stood around untouched for years and I was under the impression that I had this classic covered and could strike it of my list of must haves. Until in late 2013 I decided to give it a good clean and polish. After washing the outer shell and handset, they turned out to be seriously faded! That is not a problem easily solved. As an experiment I sanded it back to its original colour, but polishing it I never got that mirror smooth finish.

Unifoon
Unifoon

In short, after all these years it turned out I had to go and find another one! And of course, suddenly they are hard to find, and when one turns up it is expensive.

And then I stumbled upon one, in the junk shop just around the corner for only € 3,50. Very nice specimen, with unwritten number card. And it is a TDK (touch tone, DTMF) to boot, so it can be used normally.

PTT T65 Delft
PTT T65 Delft

And the other beautiful telephones I saw in the telephone book? Well, I have those too: the Delft, the Diavox, the Wenen (Vienna). I even have that old grey one, that was hanging in our hallway. I never dreamt that one day I would have them all.

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