Undoubtedly quite rare and very attractive deck published by the Women’s Institute for Research and Education for the Deaf (“WIRED”). As its name implies, WIRED was an organization devoted to research into the needs of the deaf community and to heightening awareness of those needs. An extra card in the deck states: “In an attempt to make the general public aware of the special needs of the deaf and deafened, WIRED for Sound hopes these playing cards will serve as a delightful introduction to sign language for all who use them.” WIRED was formed in 1981 and dissolved in 1990; accordingly, I have dated this deck to the decade of the 1980s. The box has a sample card and across the top flap says: “deal the cards that do the talking”; but otherwise it is plain white.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers, plus 1 card akin to a “Frontispiece” card showing signs for the 4 suits, plus 1 extra card announcing the deck. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and box are “as new.”
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