The ‘T’ stands for table-top device, with the number 65 referring to its year of introduction. Over the course of its production run, about 9 to 10 million of these phones were produced.For years, it was the standard phone issued by PTT, the Netherlands’ state-owned telephone company, to customers who subscribed to their phone service. This rental device made its debut in 1965 and was developed by PTT together with Krone, a German company. The device was manufactured by several companies, including Heemaf, Ericsson, Standard Electric and Krone. In 1974, a new model featuring push buttons was introduced: the T65-TDK, with the letters TDK standing for toondrukkiezen (push-button dial).


  • Title: Telephone
  • Creator: multiple
  • Date Created: 1965/1987
  • Physical Dimensions: 12 x 27 x 20 cm (h x w x d)
  • Original Language: English
  • Type: object
  • Rights: NEMO Science Museum
  • Medium: plastic, metal

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