Culture Every Filthy Letter in Joseph Apoux's Erotic Alphabet  

Danielle Ownbey
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Little is known about the creator and intention behind this deviously titillating erotic alphabet, which is frankly a shame, given how delightfully entertained by it the world has been since it came into being at some around the turn of the 19th century.  Though typically attributed to French artist and printmaker Joseph Apoux, no one's really 100% who made this delightful collection of erotic morsels; some, for instance, argue it was German artist Heinrich Lossow (who would you put your money on in this instance, the French or the German? Seriously. Come on.). 

Both Apoux and Lossow created controversial and critical erotic art. Lossow is surely the more famous and prolific of the two, and generated some seriously explicit sex art. But art historical consensus sides with Apoux, about whom little is known. He was French, born in 1846, was associated with the Decadence movement of the late 19th century (see Franz von Bayros), and there's no trace of him in records after 1910. It's as if he materialized from the ether to gift the world this wonderful typeface, then slipped back into the haze of history. For the sake of this list, you can safely call what lies ahead Joseph Apoux's erotic alphabet. 

Thanks to Apoux and his sexy French print work, the alphabet takes on new life. Each letter contains a different explicit scene of oral sex, naughty nuns and priests, threesomes, and/or everything in between. You probably shouldn't use these letters to teach your kids the alphabet. And since you're not here for the art (seriously, go to a museum if you want that), but rather the sex, get ready for sex for every letter of the alphabet.  

A Is for Amorousness

A Is for Amorousness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Filthy Letter in Joseph Apoux's Erotic Alphabet
Photo: Joseph Apoux/Public Domain

B Is for Bendin' Over

B Is for Bendin' Over is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Filthy Letter in Joseph Apoux's Erotic Alphabet
Photo: Joseph Apoux/Public Domain

C Is for Consecration

C Is for Consecration is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Filthy Letter in Joseph Apoux's Erotic Alphabet
Photo: Joseph Apoux/Public Domain

D Is for Doublin' Down

D Is for Doublin' Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Filthy Letter in Joseph Apoux's Erotic Alphabet
Photo: Joseph Apoux/Public Domain