Used and unused checks from Girard Trust and Republic National Bank, a receipt from the once great jewelry giant Linz Bros as well as a receipt from the iconic, Dallas based Neiman Marcus (when they were still quite a young company).
All are records of money collected and money spent. Not much has changed aside from our penmanship.
Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Their popularity peaked during the Great Depression era. The typical “bible” was an eight-panel comic strip in a wallet-size 2.5×4 inch format (approximately 7×10.5 cm) with black print on cheap white paper and running eight pages in length.
Illegal, clandestine, and anonymous, the artists, writers, and publishers of these booklets are generally unknown. The quality of the artwork varied widely. The subjects are explicit sexual escapades usually featuring well known newspaper comic strip characters, movie stars, and (rarely) political figures, invariably used without respect for either copyright or libel law and without permission. Tijuana bibles repeated without a trace of self-consciousness the ethnic stereotypes found in popular culture at the time, although one Tijuana bible (“You Nazi Man”) concluded on a serious note with a brief message from the publisher pleading for greater tolerance in Germany for the Jews.
Most Tijuana bibles were obscene parodies of popular newspaper comic strips of the day, like “Blondie”, “Barney Google”, “Moon Mullins”, “Popeye”, “Tillie the Toiler”, “Dick Tracy”, “Little Orphan Annie”, “Bringing Up Father”, “Dixie Dugan”, and “Mutt and Jeff”. Others made use of characters based on popular movie stars and sports stars of the day, like Mae West and Joe Louis, sometimes with names thinly changed to (presumably) avoid libel. Before the war almost all the stories were humorous and frequently were cartoon versions of well-known dirty jokes that had been making the rounds for decades.
Memory Jugs, like the two found below, were traditionally made from a bottle, jug, bowl or other vessel and have been found on the graves of loved ones and those long since past. They are not always associated with the dead, however, as a Memory Jug can commemorate an event or a period in ones life. Often they are decorated with trinkets including seashells, glass shards, jewelry, coins mirrors, or other visual reminders of a loved one. $115 Each.