Vintage Sleaze Paris "Thrills" Pep Spice and Ginger 1939
The cleaner and less funny relative of Tijuana bibles were little paper books like "Paris Thrills" pitched through ads in the back of popular magazines in the late 1930s and early 1940s. By the 1950s, not only had the male audience for these lame, unfunny AND decidedly not thrilling chap books experienced the REAL Paris thrill (which came at a staggering cost from Normandy and Omaha Beach) but many had also experienced the thrill of wartime induced V.D. Plus, how many generations can you fool. Mailed in a Plain Brown Wrapper? Please...don't even bother. Those titillating promises of "Pep, Spice and Ginger" disappointed thousands upon thousands of curious young men with a dollar, but it was time for a bit more genuine action overseas. The cartoons in these books were reprinted over and over with different covers and different promises, but they all amounted to nothing but an unfulfilled Paris promise.
"Paris Thrills" pamphlet. 1939 Collection Victor Minx