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Guide to the Tijuana Bibles Collection, 1930-1998

Summary

Tijuana Bibles, also known as eight-pagers or dirty little books, were small eight-page publications of cartoon erotica and pornography that became popular during the 1930s and 1940s. This collection includes about 250 Tijuana Bibles, some of them duplicates; a few folders of erotica drawings and drafts by an unknown artist; and printed material about Tijuana Bibles, published from the 1970s through the 1990s.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01295
Title
Tijuana Bibles collection
Date
1930s-1998
Creator
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 500 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Tijuana Bibles Collection consists of about 400 Tijuana bibles, some printed material about the bibles and the phenomenon as a whole, and an anonymous author's sketches and drawings of characters and plots.

The Tijuana bibles include a wide range of characters, many inspired by (or lifted from) mainstream media and celebrities. The most frequently used characters were from newspaper comic strips, including Andy Gump, Betty Boop, Blondie and Dagwood, Dick Tracy, Ella Cinders, Dumb Dora, Wimpy, Pete the Tramp, Tillie the Toiler, and Popeye. Other bibles include generic figures such as travelling salesmen (including a vacuum cleaner man, a book salesman, a radio salesmen, and so on); parodies of real people, including Nazis, boxer Joe Louis, and other celebrities; or versions of popular movie heroines, such as Snow White or Mae West.

The collection held in Rubenstein Library consists largely of Tijuana bibles, but also include other small pornographic cartoon or comic joke books, similar in design and in manufacturing quality, but not entirely true to the "traditional" form of a Tijuana bible. There are also Tijuana bible reproductions in this series.

The manuscript materials accompanying the bibles consist of drafts and sketches for two strips, one featuring Wahoo and the other featuring Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae. Also included is a draft of Fritzi Ritz in 'Kisses for Sale'. This series also includes pornographic drawings of generic female characters, some with and some without text. These do not appear to be taken from any particular Tijuana bible. All of the manuscript material is anonymous and undated.

Finally, the collection also includes a series of books about Tijuana bibles, compiled by the collector, including reprints of some of the bibles as well as essays or historical introductions to the genre. These books were published between 1971 and 1998.

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Arrangement

The Tijuana bibles have been arranged in alphabetical order by title. Please do a Control-Find search if you are looking for all Tijuana bibles featuring a certain character. Author pen names have been included when given on the book.

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Contents of the Collection

Adam and Eve in Big Discovery
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: The Amorous Mrs. Twirp
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: Dizzy Desires
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: Easy Pickins
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: Hot Pants
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: Obliging Lady
Box 1
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: Torrid Tess
Box 1
Al Capone in The Interview
(2 copies)
Box 1
Alexander Smart Esq. in Tit for Tat
(2 copies)
Box 1
Alley Oop in The Rescue
Box 1
Alice Fay and The Ritz Brothers in Three of a Kind, by Phelan Heann
Box 1
Andy Gump
(2 copies)
Box 1
Presenting Andy Gump in Dreaming, by Fuller P. Slopjar
Box 1
Andy Gump Has an Unusual Piece
Box 1
Andy Gump Pays the Rent
Box 1
Annie Goes Down on the Farm
Box 1
Appo in Haunted
Box 1
The Auto Salesman
(2 copies)
Box 1
Archie featuring Reggie in "Archies Rival Gets Fucked"
Box 1
Archie in Miss Grundy Gets Plowed
Box 1
Archie in Teaches His Teacher
Box 1
Artists and Models
Box 1
Arthur Treacher in Breakfast in Bed
Box 1
Bad Bill Snatches a Piece of Plunder
Box 1
Balls Lost in the Rough
(2 copies)
Box 1
Batman in It's A Crime
Box 1
The Great Big Man from the South, starring Barney Google
Box 1
Barney Google in Horse Flesh, by V. Fuzzynuts
(2 copies)
Box 1
Benny Snooks in the Hay Loft 8
(2 copies)
Box 1
Benny and his Bantam
(2 copies)
Box 1
Benny Does it Without Words!
Box 1
Betty Boop in Betty Steps Out, by Regina Doosh
(2 copies)
Box 1
Betty Boop in Flesh, by Iva Crustycrotch
Box 3
Betty Boop in Hot Pants
Box 1
Big Chief Returns from Big City
Box 1
Blondie, by U. Groan and I. Grunt
(3 copies)
Box 1
Blondie in Alexander and Cookie Grow Up
Box 1
Blondie in Dagwood's Delight
Box 1
Blondie in Lonely, by Berna Pantz
Box 1
Blondie in Suction Cunt Susie
Box 1
Bonnie Parker in Amputated
(3 copies)
Box 1
Boob McNutt
Box 1
Boob McNutt in The Demonstrator
(2 copies)
Box 1
The Book Salesman
(3 copies)
Box 1
Boots
Box 1
Boots in Hot Panties, by Oliver Droopydrawers
Box 3
Boots Gets Hot in the Pants
Box 1
Boots in Love's Labor Lost, by Upyer Brown
Box 1
Boots in Saved, by Iva Biggun
Box 1
Boots in Someone to Love!
Box 1
Boy What a Dream!
Box 1
Brenda Breeze
Box 1
Bunky in The Nursemaid
(3 copies)
Box 1
Capt. Marvel in Manpower
Box 1
Charlie McCarthy in Using a Wooden One, by Feelma Box
Box 1
Claudette Coal-Bin in Bigger Yet
(2 copies)
Box 1
Clowning Circus Clown
Box 1
Count Screwloose in Decoyed
(2 variations of same copy)
Box 1
Dagwood in The Decoy
Box 1
Dagwood in The Facts of Life, by Luke Atmine
Box 1
Dagwood Has a Family Party!
Box 1
Dagwood in Two Sales, by Loos E. Nutz
Box 1
Dan Dunn Secret Operative 48
Box 1
Dan Dunn, by Ophelia Pratt
Box 1
Dan Dunn: Crowded with Sex and Action!
Box 1
Dave in Uts-Nay
(2 copies)
Box 1
A Day at Home with the Mrs.
Box 1
Denny Dimwit Meets Lana Turnover
Box 1
Denny Dimwit Meets Mae West
Box 1
Denny Dimwit in Taught a Lesson
Box 1
Dick and Sam Get the Payoff
Box 1
Dick Tracy in Booster Sal
Box 1
Dick Tracy's "Dick"
Box 1
Dick Tracy in Disguise, by Hassan Ben Dere
Box 1
Dick Tracy in The Evidence
Box 1
Dick Tracy Meets Shorty, - The Sheepherder
Box 1
Dick Tracy in Missing, by Cedrick Bowelrust
Box 1
Dick Tracy in Official Business
Box 1
Dick Tracy in The Smuggler
Box 1
Dinah Proves Her Love for Ozark
Box 1
Ding Dang Doo
Box 1
Dinglehoofer und his dog Adolph
Box 1
Dixie Dugan
Box 1
Dixie Dugan in Imitation of Life
Box 1
Dixie Dugan in Old Reliable, by Albee Shitte
Box 1
Dixie Dugan in The Salesman, by Maida Mann
Box 1
Dixie Dugan in Very Potent VI,by Torrid Tessie
(2 copies)
Box 1
Doc Gets All Tangled Up!!
Box 1
Doctor Makes a Rabit Test
Box 1
Dora
Box 1
Dorothy Lamour in Purple Passion in the South Seas, by Dewey Twa
Box 1
Dumb Dora
Box 1
Dumb Dora, by Kant Takit
(2 copies)
Box 1
Dumb Dora V
(2 copies)
Box 1
Dumb Dora Asslifted by Barney Google, by Upum Fuckum
(4 copies)
Box 1
Dumb Dora Get's Her Man
Box 1
Ella Cinders, by Letta Laye
(2 copies)
Box 1
Ella Cinders
Box 1
Ella Cinders and Blackie
Box 1
Ella Cinders in The Holdup
Box 1
Ella Cinders in Running Wild
Box 1
Ella Cinders in Such a Grief, by Iva Snatch
(3 copies)
Box 1
Ella Cinders in Tsk-Tsk
(2 copies)
Box 1
Ella Cinders and Jiggs in The Dupe, by Stif-Stuf Studios
Box 1
Elmer the Clodhopper
(3 copies)
Box 1
Etta Kett in Endorsed, by Rub Matocas
Box 1
Eugene the Jeep in Precaution
Box 1
Experience of a Chambermaid and other cartoon jokes
Box 1
The Farmer's Daughter
(3 copies)
Box 1
Favorite Party Jokes
Box 2
Foozy in The Decoy
Box 1
Fireman Save my Gal
Box 1
Flash Gordon in Red-Hot
(2 copies)
Box 1
Freckles and his Friends
(2 copies)
Box 1
Freckles and his Girl
Box 1
The Frigidaire Salesman
(2 copies)
Box 1
Fritzi Ritz in Insult
Box 1
Fritzi Ritz in Kisses for Sale
(2 copies)
Box 1
Fritzi Ritz in So This is Hollywood
Box 1
Fritzi Ritz in Straight from the Shoulder
Box 1
The Fuller Brush Man
Box 1
Gasoline Alley or Uncle Walt
Box 1
Gasoline Alley Adventures of Hope
Box 1
Gasoline Alley Hope's Diary
Box 1
Gasoline Alley Skeezix Plows Hopes Hole Hard
Box 1
Geezil in Gimme Beck, by Vera Hott
(2 copies)
Box 1
Mr. Geezil the Shoe Cobbler
Box 1
Geo. Bungle, by E. Nawder Titzoff
Box 1
George and Harry in Doing Things
Box 1
Georgie and Wifie in All of a Sudden, by Tobasco Pub. Co.
Box 1
Gert Gabbo
Box 1
Ginger Rogers in Hot Panties
Box 1
Good Clean Fun Sizzling with Wit and Humor
(2 copies)
Box 1
Gordo
Box 1
Gracie Claims
Box 3
Greta Gabo
Box 1
Grumpy and Snow White in A Changed Man
(2 copies)
Box 1
The Gumps Oh Min!
(2 copies)
Box 1
[Gus and Gussie]
Box 1
Gypsy Rose Lee at the Author's Club
Box 1
Hairbreadth Harry in The Rescue
(3 copies)
Box 1
The Hall-Room Boys at the Masked Ball
Box 1
Hans and Fritz Der Teacher
Box 1
Hans and Fritz Meet a Hootchie Cootchie
Box 1
Happy Hooligan
Box 1
Harold Teen, by Peter Dout
Box 1
Harold Teen
(2 copies)
Box 1
Harold Teen and Shadow in The Big Dick
Box 1
Harold Teen Conquers a Virgin (the rat)
Box 1
Harold Teen Gets his First Piece of Ass at Hotel La Whore
Box 1
Harold Teen and his Girl in One Good Turn
Box 1
Harold Teen featuring Shadow in "Spellbound"
(2 copies)
Box 1
Harold Teen in Sugar Bowl, by U.R.A. Muffdriver
Box 1
Harold Teen in That Tired Feeling
Box 1
He Didn't Speak French
Box 1
He Was Scared Stiff and She Was Happy
(2 copies)
Box 1
He Wouldn't Open It
Box 1
Heet Fairy Prince
Box 1
Henry in The Only Way
Box 1
The Hill-Billy
(3 copies)
Box 1
Hot Rod the Hep Cat
Box 1
How to Keep from Growing Old
Box 1
Ingrid Bergman in Stag Star
Box 2
The Insurance Salesman
(2 copies)
Box 2
Irene Dumb in Considerate
Box 2
It Feels So Good with Ben Blue
Box 2
It Was Perfect
Box 2
Jack Bimpsey
Box 2
Jean Harlot in A Poor Fit
Box 2
Jeannie Comes in a Bottle
Box 2
Jeem Londos in The Groan and Grunt Idol
Box 2
Jesse James in Might
Box 2
Jiggs
Box 2
Jiggs, by Ophelia T. Wart
(3 copies)
Box 2
Jiggs in At the Fair, by Puss Trubble
Box 2
Jiggs in Phew
Box 2
Jiggs in Wotta Dream
Box 2
Joan Dumbell in Looking Ahead
Box 2
Joe Jinks
Box 2
Joe Jinks in I Can Try
Box 2
Joe Louis The Pride of Harlem
Box 2
Joe Penner Wants to Buy a Fuck
Box 2
Joe Palooka, by Jose Clapjob
Box 2
Joe Palooka, presented by Whotta Kavity
Box 2
Joe Palooka in The Champ
Box 2
Joe Palooka with Knobby, by Stoop N. Takit
(2 copies)
Box 2
John Dillinger in A Hasty Exit
Box 2
John L. Sullivan The Boston Strong Boy
Box 2
Judge Puffle in Paid
(2 copies)
Box 2
Jungle Jim in Lil Goes Straight
(3 copies)
Box 2
J. Wellington Wimpy in Back to His First Love
(2 copies)
Box 2
J. Wellington Wimpy in Beg Pardon
Box 2
J. Wellington Wimpy in Beg Pardon, I'd Rather Fuck
Box 2
J. Wellington Wimpy You Bring the Ducks, by Corn Hole Productions
Box 2
Kathrine Hepbern in Belle of the Hills
Box 2
Kaintuck Hellbellies: A Saga of the Hills, by Pratfeel and M.F. Coys
Box 2
Kansas City Kitty
(4 copies)
Box 2
Radio's Kate Smitz
Box 2
The Katzenjammers in Shipwrecked, by Diddle Daley
Box 2
Kayo and Mamie in Juicy Stuff, presented by Zilck Bros.
Box 2
The Kid Sister, by Upyer Brown
Box 2
Killer Burke in Out!
Box 2
Kip and Mac and other cartoon jokes
Box 2
Kiss Me Again
Box 2
Knock Before You Come In
Box 2
Laughs de Luxe
Box 2
Laurel and Hardy
Box 2
Legs Diamond in Strip Poker
Box 2
Lene Tooney the Smart Boy
Box 2
Les Extases
(2 copies)
Box 2
A Lesson in Love with Charlie McCarthy
Box 2
Lil Abner, by Lucy Dooplewot
Box 2
Lil Abner in Aunts in the Pants, by U. Shoveme I. Suckeme
Box 2
Little Annie Rooney
Box 2
The Little King in Every Man for Himself, by Fyst Phrigger
Box 2
The Little Ol' Breadwinner, by Ima Cunteater
Box 2
The Lonely Widow
Box 2
Louie, by Jockoffski
Box 2
Luke McGlook in The Smart Boy
Box 2
Mae Breast in A Last Resort
(2 copies)
Box 2
Mae West Gets Fucked, by Flash Gordon
Box 2
Maggie
Box 2
Maggie Buys a New Hat
Box 2
Maggie in Gay Maid
Box 2
Maggie in the 19th hole
Box 2
Major Hoople, by Alex Dragon
Box 2
Major Hoople in The Birth of a Nation, by Otto Satcheless
Box 2
Major Hoople in Phht
Box 2
Major Hoople in What Would You Do?, by Oliver Crappe
Box 2
Marie the French Maid
Box 2
Max Beer in The Lady's Man
Box 2
Max Smellin
Box 2
Mickey Finn in First Aid
Box 2
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
Box 2
Mister Breger in Fucked Again
Box 2
Mister Bull in The Big Shot
Box 2
Molly Had It!
Box 2
Moon Mullins in Help!, by Peter B. Everhard
(2 copies)
Box 2
Moon Mullins and Kayo
Box 2
Moon Mullins featuring Kayo in Kayo Fucks Mamie
Box 2
Moon Mullins in Nerts
Box 2
Moon Mullins N.Y. Daily News Rape Case
Box 2
Moon Mullins in Moon and Kaayo Goes in for Fucking
Box 2
Moon Mullins and Popeye in Stepping Out, by J. Souerballs
Box 2
Moon Mullins in Treat 'em with Kindness
Box 2
Moon Mullins in The 9* Pullout, by Joe Siff
Box 2
The Mullins Family in Resale Value
Box 2
Mr. Bregger is Sold on TV
Box 2
The Nebbs
Box 2
The Nebbs in The Dreamer
Box 2
Ophelia Pratte presents Simp O'Dill in Idle Moments
Box 2
Oh Doctor!
Box 2
The Old Witch Works Her Charms
Box 2
Orphan Annie in The Snooper
Box 2
Patsy Kelly Gets Shot in the Ass with Romance
Box 2
Patsy Kelly in She Got Her Man
Box 2
Peaches and Downing and other cartoon jokes
Box 2
The Tramp Pete in Help!
(2 copies)
Box 2
Pete in No Help Needed
Box 2
Pete in No Pay
Box 2
Pete The Tramp
(5 copies)
Box 2
Phil Fumble
Box 2
Phil Fumble in He Done Her Wrong
(2 copies)
Box 2
The Plumbers Delight with Marie Wilson
Box 2
Polly in It's Really an Art
Box 2
Poop-deck Pappy in Bolls
Box 2
Popeye, by Sheza Floppe
Box 2
Popeye, by Weeken Willin
Box 2
Popeye in The Art of Love
(2 copies)
Box 2
Popeye in Stepping Out, by Phelta Puss
Box 2
Popeye Pops his Ship Load
Box 2
Popeye the Sailor Man!, by Coxswain Pissincreek
Box 2
Popeye the Sailor in
Box 2
Popeye the Sailor in Rowing in the Ocean
Box 2
Popeye the Sailor in A Russian Hard On
Box 2
Popeye the Sailor in Snatch Snatcher
Box 2
Popeye in Pink Passion
Box 2
Popeye in To the Rescue
Box 2
Position is Everything in Life with Lew Lehr
(2 copies)
Box 2
Primo Canary in Push 'Em Up
Box 2
Psychology in One Easy Lesson, by Joe Siff
Box 2
Radio Salesman
(3 copies)
Box 2
The Real Silk Hosiery Salesman, by Whattawat and Co.
(2 copies)
Box 2
Reel Fun
Box 2
Relentless Rudolph in High Finance
Box 2
Remember Way Back When
(3 copies)
Box 2
Rosie's Beau, by E.T. Inth'Loop
(3 copies)
Box 2
The Rubber Salesman
(3 copies)
Box 2
Rubinoff and his Etchings in Play This One On Your Violin, by Holdin Hissen
Box 2
Ruth Edding in Thrifty Baby
Box 2
Sad Sack Meets Susie Foque
Box 2
Sadie and the Milkman
(4 copies)
Box 2
Salesman Sam in the Big Game Hunter
Box 2
Sappo with Prof. O.G. Whattaschnozzle
Box 2
Sappo in Haunted
(2 copies)
Box 2
Sappo with Prof O.G. Whattaschnozzle, by Lipsmit Bros.
Box 2
Schnozzles
(2 copies)
Box 2
A Scotchman's Hole in One
Box 2
She Got the Job
Box 2
She Lost It at the Astor
Box 2
She Loved It with W.C. Fields
(2 copies)
Box 2
She Saw the Director With the Office Boy's Help
Box 2
She Was Dumb like a Fox
Box 2
Sheer Nonsense
Box 2
She Will be Coming around the Mountain
(2 copies)
Box 2
Skeezix, by Whattaprick Inc.
Box 2
Skippy in Hot and Hairy
Box 2
Sleepy and Sneezy Go to Town
Box 2
Smiles to Cure the Blues
Box 2
Smilin' Jack in Air Necking, by Tu Yung Tu
Box 2
Smilin' Jack in Close Up
Box 2
Smilin' Jack in Flying High
Box 2
Smilin' Jack in Pick Me Up An' Run
Box 2
Smokey
(2 copies)
Box 2
Snow White Makes Bashful Grow Bold!! And He Loves It!
Box 2
Snuffy, by Iva Wopper
(2 copies)
Box 2
Snuffy Smithy Learns a New Game
Box 2
Spider-Man in Takes Off The Mask!
Box 3
Stella Clinker in Too Weak
Box 3
Steve Canyon in A Hotel Room
Box 3
A Strain on the Family Life, by G. Howitt Hoyts
Box 3
Strange as it Seems
Box 3
Streaky
(3 copies)
Box 3
Sub-Mariner in Water Sport
Box 3
Sweeney and Son in Sonny Fucks Around
Box 3
Sylvia Kidney in False Rumors
(2 copies)
Box 3
The Taxi Driver
(3 copies)
Box 3
That Son-in-Law of Pa's
Box 3
That's My Pop
(2 copies)
Box 3
That's My Pop, by Fanny Warmer
(2 copies)
Box 3
There's No Harm in Asking She May Say Yes!
Box 3
Terry and the Pirates
Box 3
Tillie in The Artist
Box 3
Tillie in Easy Picking
(2 copies)
Box 3
Tillie and Mac
Box 3
Tillie and Mack with Maggie
Box 3
Tillie and Mack with Mr. Simpkins and Bubbles
(3 copies)
Box 3
Nerts to You with Tillie and Mack, by Otto Whataprick
Box 3
Tillie the Toiler in Ooooh-Hmm-Daddy
Box 3
Tillie the Toiler in Ruined
(2 copies)
Box 3
Toots and Casper
(2 copies)
Box 3
Toots and Casper Go to a Circus

photocopy

Box 3
Toots and Jiggs and other cartoon jokes
Box 3
Uncle Bim and Mille, by Bagg O. Nutts
Box 3
Uncle Phil in Blah
Box 3
Uncle Willie
Box 3
Uncle Willie and Moon in Masquerade
(2 copies)
Box 3
Untitled
(2 versions; 3 books)
Box 3
Upom U. Freud in Orifice Call, by Will U. Rimmum
Box 3
The Vacuum Cleaner Man
Box 3
Wally in the Bath
Box 3
Wally and the French Ambassador
Box 3
Wally and the King
Box 3
Wally and the Pageboy
(2 copies)
Box 3
Wally and the Sultan
Box 3
Wally in the Bath
Box 3
The Webbs 6
Box 3
The Webbs VIII
Box 3
The Wicked Queen Who Started This Whole Damned Business!!!
Box 3
William Powell and Myrna Loy in Nuts to Will Hays, by Hardon Ever
Box 3
Wimpy in Deformed, by Lydia Liverpad
(4 copies)
Box 3
Wimpy in Only Love Baby, by A Jerkoff Production
Box 3
Wimpy in The Temptress, by Long Dong
Box 3
Winnie Winkle in Strictly Business
Box 3
Winnie Winkle in The Stenog
Box 3
Winnie Winkle in The Stenog
Box 3
WMP. Mullins Kayo and Mamie in Juicy Stuff, by Zitch Bros
(2 copies)
Box 3
Wonder Woman meets Superman
Box 3
Woozy Winks Ablely Assisted by Plasticman
Box 3
Yes, We Have No Bananas
(2 copies)
Box 3
Sketches
(3 folders)
Box 4
Sketches of Minnie Ha-Cha, Kitty Cornpone, and Wahoo
Box 4
Sketches of Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae
Box 4
Fritzi Ritz in Kisses for Sale drafts
Box 4
Dirty Little Sex Cartoons. Argyle Books: Los Angeles, Calif. 1972.
Box 4
Douglas, John. Hot Little Comics: Volume One. Monogram Publications, Inc. 1972.
Box 4
Douglas, John. Hot Little Comics: Volume Two. Monogram Publications, Inc. 1972.
Box 4
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume I. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 4
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume II. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 4
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume III. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 4
Gilmore, Donald H. Sex in Comics: A History of the Eight Pagers, Volume 4. Greenleaf Classic, Inc.: San Diego, Calif. 1971.
Box 4
Little "Dirty" Comics. Socio Library: Resada Calif. 1976.
Box 4
More Dirty Little Sex Cartoons. PHE Inc. 1983.
Box 4
More Little "Dirty" Comics: Volume Two. Socio Library: Resada, Calif. 1971.
Box 4
Murky R. and J. B. Randy. The Tia Juana Bible Revival, Volume One: "Hot Nuts." Penetrating Pubs., Inc.: Blue Balls, Penn. 1977.
Box 4
Murky R. and J. B. Randy. The Tia Juana Bible Revival, Volume Two: "Under the Stars in Hollywood." Paramounds Prod.: Hooker, Calif. 1977.
Box 4
Raymond, Otis. An Illustrated History of Sex Comic Classics, Volume I. Comic Classics: New York, NY. 1972.
Box 4
Raymond, Otis. An Illustrated History of Sex Comic Classics, Volume II. Comic Classics: New York, NY. 1972.
Box 4
Reynolds, John J. Famous Sex Comics. Socio Library: Resada, Calif. 1976.
Box 4
 

Historical Note

Tijuana bibles are small, cheaply-made, pornographic publications. Also known as “dirty little books” or “eight-pagers,” Tijuana bibles emerged in the 1930s and remained popular through the 1940s, finally disappearing in the post-World War II period. Being underground erotic publications, there were no designated publishers or organizations creating the books; despite that, each adheres to a fairly consistent format. They average about 3x5 inches in size, and are eight pages in length, bound between covers by a staple. Images are cheaply printed on poor-quality paper by mimeograph, usually in black and white, occasionally incorporating the color red. The book's cover also serves as a title page, introducing the main character and sometimes an author's pen name (which is usually a sexual double entendre). Nearly every bible is undated and by an anonymous author.

Tijuana bible artists tended to draw their characters from mainstream newspaper comics, such as Popeye or Little Orphan Annie; politicians or celebrities from the day, such as Greta Garbo or Mae West; or American folklore or culture, such as a travelling salesman or an unemployed secretary. Although the books are extremely graphic in nature, there is also a consistent presence of humor, with the last page typically serving as a punch line.


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Provenance

The Tijuana Bibles Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase from Rulon-Miller Books in July 2010 and September 2012. Updated January 2013, January 2017, and April 2017 with small additions.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, July 2010; updated September 2012, January 2013, January 2017, April 2017.

Accessions 2010-0146, 2012-0175, 2012-0207, 2012-0245, 2017-0020, 2017-0062 are described in this finding aid.