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Guide to the Tijuana Bibles Collection, 1930-1998

Abstract

Tijuana Bibles, also known as eight-pagers or dirty little books, were small eight-page publications of cartoon erotica 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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Title
Tijuana Bibles collection 1930s-1998
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 300 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Tijuana Bibles Collection consists of about 250 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 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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Contents of the Collection

Tijuana bibles

(2 boxes)
The Adventures of a Fuller Brush Man: The Arorour Mrs. Twirp
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
Alexander Smart Esq. in Tit for Tat (2 copies)
Box 1
Alley Oop in The Rescue
Box 1
Andy Grump (2 copies)
Box 1
Presenting Andy Grump in Dreaming, by Fuller P. Slopjar
Box 1
The Auto Salesman (2 copies)
Box 1
Artists and Models
Box 1
Bad Bill Snatches a Piece of Plunder
Box 1
Balls Lost in the Rough
Box 1
The Great Big Man from the South, starring Barney Google
Box 1
Barney Google in Horse Flesh, by V. Fuzzynuts
Box 1
Benny Snooks in the Hay Loft 8
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
Box 1
Betty Boop in Hot Pants
Box 1
Blondie, by U. Groan and I. Grunt (3 copies)
Box 1
Blondie in Lonely, by Berna Pantz
Box 1
Bonnie Parker in Amputated (2 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 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
Claudette Coal-Bin in Bigger Yet (2 copies)
Box 1
Count Screwloose in Decoyed
Box 1
Dagwood in The Decoy
Box 1
Dagwood in The Facts of Life, by Luke Atmine
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
Dan in Uts-Nay
Box 1
Dick Tracy in The Evidence
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
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 Very Potent VI,by Torrie Tessie
Box 1
Doc Gets All Tangled Up!!
Box 1
Dora
Box 1
Dumb Dora
Box 1
Dumb Dora, by Kant Takit (2 copies)
Box 1
Dumb Dora V (2 copies)
Box 1
Dumb Dora, by Upum Fuckum (3 copies)
Box 1
Ella Cinders, by Letta Laye
Box 1
Ella Cinders
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 and Jiggs in The Dupe, by Stif-Stuf Studios
Box 1
Elmer the Clodhopper (2 copies)
Box 1
Etta Kett in Endorsed, by Rub Matocas
Box 1
Eugene the Jeep in Precaution
Box 1
The Farmer's Daughter (3 copies)
Box 1
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 Straight from the Shoulder
Box 1
The Fuller Brush Man
Box 1
Gasoline Alley or Uncle Walt
Box 1
Geezil in Gimme Beck, by Vera Hott
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
Good Clean Fun Sizzling with Wit and Humor
Box 1
Gordo
Box 1
Greta Gabo
Box 1
The Grumps Oh Min!
Box 1
Grumpy and Snow White in A Changed Man
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
Happy Hooligan
Box 1
Harold Teen, by Peter Dout
Box 1
Harold Teen (2 copies)
Box 1
Harold Teen in Sugar Bowl, by U.R.A. Muffdriver
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
Henry in The Only Way
Box 1
Ho Hill-Billy
Box 1
How to Keep from Growing Old
Box 1
Ingrid Bergman in Stag Star
Box 1
The Insurance Salesman (2 copies)
Box 1
It Was Perfect
Box 1
Jack Bimpsey
Box 1
Jean Harlot in A Poor Fit
Box 1
Jeem Londos in The Groan and Grunt Idol
Box 1
Jiggs
Box 1
Jiggs, by Ophelia T. Wart
Box 1
Jiggs in At the Fair, by Puss Trubble
Box 1
Jiggs in Phew
Box 1
Jiggs in Wotta Dream
Box 1
Joan Dumbell in Looking Ahead
Box 1
Joe Jinks
Box 1
Joe Jinks in I Can Try
Box 1
Joe Louis The Pride of Harlem
Box 1
Joe Penner Wants to Buy a Fuck
Box 1
Joe Palooka in The Champ
Box 1
Joe Palooka with Knobby, by Stoop N. Takit (2 copies)
Box 1
John L. Sullivan The Boston Strong Boy
Box 1
Judge Puffle in Paid
Box 1
Jungle Jim in Lil Goes Straight (3 copies)
Box 1
J. Wellington Wimpy in Back to His First Love (2 copies)
Box 1
J. Wellington Wimpy in Beg Pardon
Box 1
J. Wellington Wimpy You Bring the Ducks, by Corn Hole Productions
Box 1
Kaintuck Hellbellies: A Saga of the Hills, by Pratfeel and M.F. Coys
Box 2
Kansas Citty 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
Kiss Me Again
Box 2
Knock Before You Come In
Box 2
Legs Diamond in Strip Poker
Box 2
Lene Tooney the Smart Boy
Box 2
Les Extases
Box 2
Lil Abner, by Lucy Dooplewot
Box 2
Little Annie Rooney (2 copies)
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

32 pp. version of a Tijuana bible, 8vo.

Box 3
Maggie (2 copies)
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 What Would You Do?, by Oliver Crappe
Box 2
Max Beer in The Lady's Man
Box 2
Max Smellin
Box 2
Mickey Finn in First Aid (2 copies)
Box 2
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (2 copies)
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 in Nerts
Box 2
Moon Mullins in Treat 'em with Kindness
Box 2
The Mullins Family in Resale Value
Box 2
The Nebbs
Box 2
The Nebbs in The Dreamer
Box 2
Ophelia Pratte presents Simp O'Dill in Idle Moments
Box 2
Patsy Kelly Gets Shot in the Ass with Romance
Box 2
Patsy Kelly in She Got Her Man
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
Box 2
Polly in It's Really an Art
Box 2
Pop Eye, by Sheza Floppe
Box 2
Pop Eye, by Weeken Willin
Box 2
Pop Eye in The Art of Love (2 copies)
Box 2
Pop Eye the Sailor Man!, by Coxswain Pissincreek
Box 2
Pop Eye the Sailor in Snatch Snatcher
Box 2
Pop Eye 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
Radio Salesman (3 copies)
Box 2
The Real Silk Hosiery Salesman, by Whattawat and Co. (2 copies)
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
Ruth Edding in Thrifty Baby
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
Box 2
A Scotchman's Hole in One
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
Smokey (2 copies)
Box 2
Snow White Makes Bashful Grow Bold!! And He Loves It!
Box 2
Snuffy, by Iva Wopper
Box 2
Stella Clinker in Too Weak
Box 2
A Strain on the Family Life, by G. Howitt Hoyts
Box 2
Strange as it Seems
Box 2
Streaky(3 copies)
Box 2
Sylvia Kidney in False Rumors
Box 2
The Taxi Driver (3 copies)
Box 2
That Son-in-Law of Pa's
Box 2
That's My Pop (2 copies)
Box 2
That's My Pop, by Fanny Warmer (2 copies)
Box 2
Tillie in The Artist
Box 2
Tillie in Easy Picking (2 copies)
Box 2
Tillie and Mac
Box 2
Tillie and Mack with Maggie
Box 2
Tillie and Mack with Mr. Simpkins and Bubbles (3 copies)
Box 2
Nerts to You with Tillie and Mack, by Otto Whataprick
Box 2
Tillie the Toiler in Ooooh-Hmm-Daddy
Box 2
Tillie the Toiler in Ruined
Box 2
Toots and Casper (2 copies)
Box 2
Toots and Jiggs and other cartoon jokes
Box 2
Uncle Bim and Mille, by Bagg O. Nutts
Box 2
Uncle Willie and Moon in Masquerade (2 copies)
Box 2
Untitled
(2 versions)
Box 2
Upom U. Freud in Orifice Call, by Will U. Rimmum
Box 2
The Vacuum Cleaner Man
Box 2
Wally and the King
Box 2
Wally and the Pageboy
Box 2
Wally and the Sultan
Box 2
Wally in the Bath
Box 2
The Webbs 6
Box 2
The Webbs VIII
Box 2
Wimpy in Deformed, by Lydia Liverpad (3 copies)
Box 2
Wimpy in Only Love Baby, by A Jerkoff Production
Box 2
Wimpy in The Temptress, by Long Dong
Box 2
Winnie Winkle in The Stenog
Box 2
Winnie Winkle in The Stenog
Box 2
WMP. Mullins Kayo and Mamie in Juicy Stuff, by Zitch Bros (2 copies)
Box 2
Woozy Winks Ablely Assisted by Plasticman
Box 2
Yes, We Have No Bananas (2 copies)
Box 2
Favorite Party Jokes
Box 2
Good Clean Fun Sizzling with Wit and Humor
Box 2
Laughs de Luxe
Box 2
Les Extases
Box 2
Reel Fun
Box 2
Smiles to Cure the Blues
Box 2
Sketches (3 folders)
Box 3
Sketches of Minnie Ha-Cha, Kitty Cornpone, and Wahoo
Box 3
Sketches of Li'l Abner and Daisy Mae
Box 3
Fritzi Ritz in Kisses for Sale drafts
Box 3
Dirty Little Sex Cartoons. Argyle Books: Los Angeles, Calif. 1972.
Box 3
Douglas, John. Hot Little Comics: Volume One. Monogram Publications, Inc. 1972.
Box 3
Douglas, John. Hot Little Comics: Volume Two. Monogram Publications, Inc. 1972.
Box 3
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume I. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 3
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume II. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 3
Dowers, Michael, ed. The Tijuana Bibles: America's Forgotten Comic Strips, Volume III. Eros Comix: Seattle, Washington. 1998.
Box 3
Gilmore, Donald H. Sex in Comics: A History of the Eight Pagers, Volume 4. Greenleaf Classic, Inc.: San Diego, Calif. 1971.
Box 3
Little "Dirty" Comics. Socio Library: Resada Calif. 1976.
Box 3
More Dirty Little Sex Cartoons. PHE Inc. 1983.
Box 3
More Little "Dirty" Comics: Volume Two. Socio Library: Resada, Calif. 1971.
Box 3
Murky R. and J. B. Randy. The Tia Juana Bible Revival, Volume One: "Hot Nuts." Penetrating Pubs., Inc.: Blue Balls, Penn. 1977.
Box 3
Murky R. and J. B. Randy. The Tia Juana Bible Revival, Volume Two: "Under the Stars in Hollywood." Paramounds Prod.: Hooker, Calif. 1977.
Box 3
Raymond, Otis. An Illustrated History of Sex Comic Classics, Volume I. Comic Classics: New York, NY. 1972.
Box 3
Raymond, Otis. An Illustrated History of Sex Comic Classics, Volume II. Comic Classics: New York, NY. 1972.
Box 3
Reynolds, John J. Famous Sex Comics. Socio Library: Resada, Calif. 1976.
Box 3

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tijuana Bibles Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

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 with small additions.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, July 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, July 2010; updated September 2012 and January 2013

Accessions 2010-0146, 2012-0175, 2012-0245 are described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.