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Sexy Type: The Classics

Can type be sexy? From the early 1970s to the early-to-mid 1980s – erotic art and commercial art converged during the Golden Age of Porn. Recurring typefaces on adult film posters of the porno chic period were characterized by soft and voluptuous letter forms, curvacious shapes with swirling swashes and ligatures, big ball terminals and liquid loops. This Fontlist features the classic sexy faces from the 70s. Curated by Yves Peters.

Charade - designed in 2009, published by profonts. The liquid loops and swirling swashes on the capitals suggest the gushing and splashing of (body) fluids. #sexy #fonts

Candice EF - designed in 1976, published by Elsner+Flake. If what Sigmund Freud wrote about water in dreams is true, it is abundantly clear what the voluptuous, surf-like swashes on the capitals of Candice refer to. #sexy #fonts

Lazybones EF - designed in 1972, published by Elsner+Flake. The neo-script Lazybones entices the reader with bulging reverse-contrast curves and thick, meaty swashes on its soft slab serif capitals. #sexy #fonts

Karolla - designed in 1994, published by ParaType. In this design based on Carola Grotesk (H.Berthold & Bauer type foundries) and Boutique (Haas type foundry) the swollen rounded stroke endings leave little to the imagination. #sexy #fonts

Stilla (EF) - designed in 1973, published by Elsner+Flake. If you are in need of sensual curves and big balls you need not look any further than this high-contrast French buxom beauty. #sexy #fonts

Carousel EF - designed in 1966, published by Elsner+Flake. Because some of its lowercase characters borrow the characteristics of italic letter forms this fat face has more balls (terminals, that is) than other high contrast fat faces. #sexy #fonts

URW Didoni - published by URW. Not only are the ball terminals in this extra bold modern face exceptionally big, Didoni – URW’s version of Pistilli Roman – also sports one of the sexiest ampersands. #sexy #fonts

Caslon Graphique EF - designed in 1725, published by Elsner+Flake. The extreme contrast and generous forms in Caslon Graphique make its character shapes particularly voluptuous, with enticing pear-shaped terminals. #sexy #fonts

Bookmania - designed in 2011, published by Mark Simonson Studio. Even though this is the most recent digital interpretation, Mark Simonson’s take on Bookman is the most true to the original, featuring all of its luscious swashes and ligatures and more. #sexy #fonts

ITC Souvenir (EF) - designed in 1972, published by Elsner+Flake. Released in the same year as the classics “Deep Throat” and “Behind The Green Door” which ushered in the age of porno chic, the soft and rounded ITC Souvenir appeared as supporting typeface on countless film posters. #sexy #fonts

LTC Goudy Heavyface - designed in 1925, published by Lanston Type Co. Beloved for its stout figure and blunt serifs, it is specifically the italic – with its surprising curls in some capitals and ligatures as well as its soft swashes – that make this face particularly sexy. #sexy #fonts

Bitstream Cooper Black Headline - designed in 1924, published by Bitstream. When looking from up close the reader can imagine the shape of the female body in the rounded serifs and sensuous curves of Oswald Cooper’s eponymous display face. #sexy #fonts

Tango EF - published by Elsner + Flake. Designed in 1974 after the hand lettering on the poster for “Last Tango in Paris”, this bulbous and swashy slab serif appeared on countless adult film posters in the 1970s and ’80s. #sexy #fonts