11: Handa

Standard Pattern Nr.235
The first edition from Handa. Ca.1944. Already now it had the well known star card design on the reverse. Red or blue reverse. Observe the box with logo “Dansk Arbejde” (Danish product), which at the time was important. Also a “3.Fabrikation” (Third fabrication) No300 is known (Ali)
Standard Pattern, Nr.235 and No.33
The second edition, No.33, had changed pictures, and a reverse of an either blue or rosa floral pattern + the new box with a woman and a black cat. BUT there also was the same version with the later standard star pattern, as no.235 = 11A-01. This “older” version had the Danish abbreviation Nr., while No.33 has No.! The Queen of Hearts has light-coloured hairt.
11a-02 1  11a-02 2  
Standard Pattern. No.33. 1944-49.
This deck has a bluish or rosa flowery back pattern It has 54 cards, with one joker and a blank. The pips are either AKDB or EKDB. The queen of Hearts has darkish hair..
11A-031  11A-032  
Handa Bridge kort. Nr.32.
Before 1958. Standard pattern, but with yellow colour inside the borders. Pips: E, K, D, B. Blue or pink reverse. Floral pattern. One standard joker and one blank.
11A-041 11A-042
Standard House Pattern. 1½. Generation. No.49 and No.444
This number was used both with the standard Star Pattern and for advertising. Some are from before 1949, as they have a tax stamp from that period. Others may be slightly later. The Queen of hearts is characterized as less “distinct” than in the later versions, but in this version she already has bright hair.
The same version also comes as No.444 with the normal Star Pattern, red or blue, and with two standard jokers or one + a blank. One deck also has the stamp of “Lærred = Linen.
11A-08 491  11A-08 492
Standard House Pattern. 2.Generation. No.49
Somewhat unusual number in the 11A-09 pattern. In the 11A-08 it was much used in advertising.
11A-09 and 11A-10 Orkidé
Standard House Pattern. 2.Generation
1955-. This is a special edition with the name “Orkidé”. The 11A-09 is in a special box, and with Danish pips E,K,D,B. The background of the reverse is grey/siivery. It also has the number 141, and the letters OOB, which is unclear for me. The 11A-10 is just characterized by the Englisgh pips A,K,Q,J. It is in the standard Handa box for No.444, and with a label for Orkidé pasted on the reverse and the lid.  The background of the reverse is white.
11A-11 Imperial and Empire
Standard House Pattern. These two versions both comeswith blue or red reverse, they also come with the floral reverse pattern embossed or nor-embossed. They are found with 54, 55 or 56 cards. The joker is the standard Handa joker, but the 56-version has two fully red jokers, which is unusual.
11A-1102 11A-1103  11A-1101
Playing cards for the weak-sighted.
Ca. 1965. Perhaps printed by Piatnik. There is box with Danish and one with English. Red or blue reverse. Similar jokers.
Not the “real” Handa design, so perhaps it has only been in use for a short time. Size: 9,1 x 5,9 cm. glazed/calendered. I also have an unglazed deck. Size: 9,1 x 6,3, The inner frame is the same on both decks, so only the cutting and the surface work is different. To this last deck I also have ajoker. (see ill.3)
MS Ha11a171MS Ha11a172 dsc01757
Whist Royal Playing Cards. Ca.1950. Whist er uden nummer. LHombre er nr.150. Hjørnemarkeringer A, K, Q, J. Whist er også udgivet i en dobbelt-plastæske med lågtekst: Royal-Bridge. 2 ens jokere.
Petit Playing Cards. Ivory surface. 99X. Normalt er denne variant med fire hjørnemarkeringer, men her er der kun to. To jokere. Nr.99 findes med andre billeder og bagsider. Her er en bleggrøn og en blegbrun bagside.
Cartes à Jouer Tourney 717
Produceret med henblik på eksport til Libyen. (KFJ)
Jeg har to spil, det ene med én joker, det andet med to jokere. Ingen æske.
Ifl. KFJ findes også et spil uden indices.
Handa 11B-12-2Handa 11B-12-1
Bridge Rococo de Luxe, No.111. Ca.1960.
There are several variations in this patern:
1. The reverse is either blue or red with golden flower ornaments.
2. The background may be either white or with golden stripes.
3. With the white backgroud there may be none or a grey frame on the court cards.
4. With the striped background there may be a pure golden frame or a dark-coloured frame on all cards or only on the court cards.
5. The pips are EKDB
6. On most the E is bigger than the KDB.
5. The aces may have a blank background or have flowers around the central field with the colour
6. The central field of the aces may have a ring around it or not.
7. The scepters with the kings are golden, but sometimes a bit shady..
8. The face colour may be natural, or pale, or yellowish.
11c-041 11c-042 11c-043
Handa 11C-04 was also produced with slids to build card-houses with. A deck was with many duplicates, but mostly court cards.
Handa 11c044
Bridge Rococo de Luxe, No.111. Ca.1960.
This version is with bigger pips than 11C-04. All decks are with yellow-striped background, all aces have flowers, of which some have a ring around the central colour. Court faces are either natural or “yellow”. There are three different sets of pips: AKQJ, EKDB and AKDB
11C-051  11C-052  
Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Vilhelm Petersen. Ca.1955. Woodcuts on all court cards and aces. The reverse is blue or red with profiles of H.C.Andersen. 1 joker + 1 blank.
Hans Christian Andersen. Ca.1955-58. Illustrations on all court cards and aces. A,K,Q,J.  The reverse is blue or red with profiles of H.C.Andersen. 2 jokers + 1 blank.
Pin-up girls. Series No.2. Ca.1950. Pips: A, K, Q, J. Two jokers with yellow lower bond.
11E-04a  11E-04b