Description Aux Belles Poules was one of 217 bird-oriented brothels in the city of Paris, and one of the most legendary. In this nest of sin, patrons could engage in carnal, feather-ruffling romps of debauchery free from the prying eyes and upturned beaks of their neighbors. Peacocks, doves, red-naped sapsuckers, pied-billed grebes, woodpeckers, brown boobys, black-crested titmouses, yellow-rumped warblers, and white-breasted nuthatches were all referred to as les Horizontales and available for the right amount of seed. Almost anything was permitted; however, special requests, such as the Dirty Sandpiper or the Parakeet Piledriver would often require an extra trip to the bank. A severe outbreak of Parrot Fever in 1905 caused a public health scandal and Aux Belles Poules was forced to shut its doors forever.
Chad Crowe, Portland, OR Member Since May 2012 Artist Statement Chad Crowe is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications across the U.S., including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Phoenix. He has also designed floats for the annual carnival celebration in Nice, France.