[Ads-l] New to me

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 8 22:01:53 EST 2020


> On Dec 8, 2020, at 9:14 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Ending where I should have begun, with a Google search, I found 110,000 raw
> hits for "eight-page bible" vs. 186,000 for "Tijuana bible." Since there
> are surprisingly-many instances of strings like "eight-page Bible
> [whatever]," the number of cooked hits for "eight-page bible" in the
> relevant meaning would be very much reduced.
> 
> Wikipedia:
> Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, Tillie-and-Mac books,
> Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, bluesies, blue-bibles, gray-backs, and
> two-by-fours) were palm-sized pornographic comic books produced in the
> United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.

And you can examine them for yourself, e.g. at https://www.pinterest.com/talleypaul/tijuana-bibles/

There’s also a movie, but it doesn’t appear to be based on the literature in question:
https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/tijuana-bible-review-1234719521/

> On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 12:01 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> 1955  _Juvenile Delinquency (Obscene and Pornographic Materials) :
>> Hearings before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary,
>> Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the U.S., Eighty-Fourth
>> Congress, First Session_  [Wash. D.C.: GPO, 1955] 374:  I would say the
>> most prevalent would be the type known to us [on the LAPD], or in the
>> language of the people who deal in it, as the Tijuana Bible, which is a
>> small booklet, about 2 by 3 inches, of a cartoon type, that is very lewd or
>> very obscene in its character.
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 2:30 AM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> "Tijuana Bible"
>>> 
>>> The same as or different from an
>>> 
>>> "Eight-Page Bible"?
>>> 
>>> --
>>> - Wilson
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>>> -Mark Twain
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> 
> 
> -- 
> - Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
> 
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