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Non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980.

Andalucia non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards with full colour paintings on all cards by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980. The four Aces have the title “Andalucia” inside a green and white banderole, which are the colours of the Andalusian flag and the subject of the Andalusian anthem. Continuing the theme of Andalusian nationalism, the cup suit symbols are sherry glasses and the clubs are olive branches. The court cards show sherry pouring; bullfighting regalia and riding horseback; costumed ladies and musicians, all of which are typical of Southern Spain. The region has a rich culture and a strong cultural identity. Many cultural phenomena that are seen internationally as distinctively Spanish are largely or entirely Andalusian in origin. These include flamenco, bullfighting, and certain Moorish-influenced architectural styles. The cards are manufactured by Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria (Spain).

'Andalucia' non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by 
Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980

Above: 'Andalucia' non-standard Spanish-suited playing cards created by Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez and published by Ediciones Baja Andalucia, Sevilla, c.1980. 40 cards in box, manufactured by Heraclio Fournier S.A., Vitoria (Spain). The reverse has a gold design on green background.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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