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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood.

Wild! by Peter Wood

Toucan Dolphin, Flamingo, Cheetah Bald Eagle
Peacock Mandrill Tree Frog Back

Above: the Wild! new deck by the undisputed 'Master of the Playing-Cards' artist Peter Wood, available exclusively from Newt's Playing Cards, 4123 Westward Ave., Columbus, OH 43228 (USA). The deck features 52 + 3 WILD! cards where each pip has been "transformed" into a Wild! picture, plus extra surprises! Suitable for all card games and recommended as a gift item.

Click here to learn more about Peter Wood.

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