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Telephones from Europe

A collection of telephones from countries where German languages are spoken




Help to identify this telephone and the

(KKTV, TSV, L&SR) lettering on the base was kindly provided by

Christian Bruckner from Austria


Telephone Type Ö 10

"KKTV" means : Kaiserlich Königliche Telegraphen Verwaltung (a telephone out of the Austrian monarchy around 1910)

Telephone Type Ö 10

"TZV 1936" means : Telegraphen Zeug Verwaltung 1936 (phone was repaired or updated by the workshop of the Austrian Postal Authority in 1936)

"L & S R 57" means: the Austrian company Leopolder&Sohn has repaired this phone in 1957.



1949: In West Germany, the German federal postal service (Deutsche Bundespost) is established as legal successor of the existing German postal service (Deutsche Reichspost). In East Germany, after the end of WW II and the division of Germany, the complete communications network is placed under the jurisdiction of the postal ministry. 

In 1950, Siemens & Halske of Berlin, Germany created a dial mechanism quite different from the traditional form.  Instead of a dial, a cylindrical drum was used which was operated with a vertical motion.  The telephone handset rests over the drum, meaning it could be handled equally well for right or left-handed people. This unusual telephone was available in black, green and ivory.

Siemens & Halske  

Werner von Siemens was born on December 13, 1816, in Lenthe, near Hanover. The main focus of his interest was telegraphy, a field that was as yet relatively undeveloped, but Werner nevertheless recognized that it would become a "technology of the future."  Convinced that his telegraph had the potential to become a success, Werner decided to go into business: Together with a highly skilled mechanical engineer, Johann Georg Halske, he set up a company, Telegraphen-Bau-Anstalt von Siemens & Halske, in Berlin, which went into business in October 1847. Just eight years after starting up, Siemens & Halske had become an international company. The company rapidly took a lead in production of telegraph, dynamo drives, lighting and power engineering, telephony, radio and, later, television. To this day, they are still a world-class manufacturer and a leader in some of these fields.

These three 1960’s colour-phones are from the factory of Siemens Halske, Germany.

Different colour options, but the Australian 800 series has a very similar external appearance.

 1995: On January 1, the second phase of the national postal and telecommunications reform marks the transition from Deutsche Bundespost Telekom to the state-owned stock company Deutsche Telekom AG .

Deutsche Telekom is now represented in about 65 countries worldwide. As Europe's largest telecommunications provider, the company is present in the most important markets in Europe, Asia and America..  

 Other German telephones in the collection

Mix and Genest with a pencil carbon microphone


MG pencil carbon microphone

Siemens Halske


Mix and Genest badging



MG pencil carbon microphone


Unknown - thought to be Siemens


Siemens Halske

Siemens Halske


Siemens Halske

Siemens Halske