Diabolique Font

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Diabolique
truetype 25 glyphs 29 characters
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    About Diabolique Font

    This alphabet was designed by Jean Midolle and published in Strasbourg in
    1834.

    During the previous 50 years the French had seen violent revolution
    (1789-1799), and the Napoleonic wars (1803-15), followed by the restauration
    of a monarchy that was increasingly reactionary, intent on augmenting the
    influence of the wealthy classes, and curbing civil liberties (Louis XVIII
    1814-24; Charles X 1824-30). The July Revolution of 1830 restored what
    promised to be a more moderate monarchy under Louis Philippe. But this new
    government was not to respond to the economic needs and political desires
    of the lower classes, and further discontent became inevitable.

    Within this context, the often tasteless images of this "Alphabet
    diabolique" may be better understood as portraying through satire the harsh
    realities that the French people had faced within a single lifetime.
    Incidentally, being English myself, I cannot but wonder whether in Midolle's
    eyes, Death is an Englishman- take a look at him in letter M, toting his
    umbrella, and possibly wearing Wellington boots!

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    Victoria Pie
    pie
    10 years ago

    Thats an intresting history

    DinaNina
    10 years ago

    Wow, that was devilishly creative!

    vauxthefox
    4 years ago

    j and i are the same?