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COMICS WITH PROBLEMS (Issue #64 August 2014)

THE TANTRUMS OF LIL' BESS
complete five pamphlet set of 1940s mail-order religious/child abuse booklets

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Hi there - Hope you've had a nice summer. Remember when you could smack a kid in public and blame it on Biblical Instruction? Here's a terrific full set of very rare and undocumented comics on that subject, edited by Betty Russell and published by the KIDS TRACT CLUB (1945).

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There's no doubt that the lead character of these comics, Lil' Bess, isn't a bit of nuisance. Throughout the set she cracks the head of her favorite doll, squashes the family cat, stomps on chickens, and even picks the tomatoes prematurely and drains the car battery! — But the parents' reaction to her is just as without merit:

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What a depressing lifestyle

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Just a terrific time capsule of weird comics, really. Each booklet is intended to be read once a year, following the development of Lil Bess, from birth to age five. Also included is a KIDS TRACT CLUB envelope. Like many of the comics here, doubt you'll ever see these anywhere else. (Especially as each comic instructed the reader to share the comics, not keep them - or deal with the Lord for it!) Enjoy.

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Hide the evidence!

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(note, these are folded in half, so the top sheet shows the back page on the left)

Back of booklet:
Front of booklet:

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Unfolded pamphlet #1 — Announcing Lil' Bess
"Oh Father, if you would give me a little girl, I would bring her up in the fear of the Lord"

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Pamphlet #2: Lil' Bess, Age 1

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"She Must Learn How to Act in God's House"

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Pamphlet #3: Lil' Bess, Age 2

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"What makes that child so destructive?"

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Pamphlet #4: Lil' Bess, Age 3

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"The reason you act as you do is that you were born with a sinful nature."

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Pamphlet #5: The Tantrums of Lil' Bess

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In conclusion: "THOU SHALT BEAT THY CHILD WITH A ROD"!

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It's really that easy. "So that was the last public tantrum!"

Yours with the Good Teachings, EP

chickies

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