Photo Bits

Unlike the more suggestively named Tit-Bits (another weekly selling for one penny), "Photo Bits" was, by Victorian and Georgian standards, a softcore pornography publication. It offered "Thirty-Two Pages of Pictures," many of them prurient, and it was the first magazine in the UK to offer pin-up photos, which is how Bloom obtained "The Bath of the Nymph over the bed. Given away with the Easter number of Photo Bits." After many decades of searching, no scholar has succeeded in locating this "Splendid masterpiece in art colours," so the image may very well be fictional, generated by Joyce's desire to associate Molly with the nymph Calypso.

JH 2017

The cover of the 18 October 1902 issue of Photo Bits. Source: wagforum.wordpress.com.

Pin-up center spread from the same issue of Photo Bits. Source: wagforum.wordpress.com.