Godey's Lady's Book

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During the 19th century, Godey's Lady's Book was a popular United States magazine among women. In the 1860s Godey's considered itself the "queen of monthlies."

The magazine was published by Louis A. Godey from Philadelphia for 68 years (1830-1898), and each issue contained poetry, articles, and engravings created by prominent writers and other artists of the time. Sarah Hale was its editor from 1837 until 1877 and only published original, American manuscripts. In addition, she copyrighted the magazine. Although the magazine contained work by both males and females, Hale published three special issues which only included work done by women.

The magazine was expensive. It is best known for the hand-tinted fashion plate that appeared at the start of each issue, which provide a record of the progression of women's dress. Almost every issue also included an illustration and pattern with measurements for a garment to be sewn at home. A sheet of music for piano provided the latest waltz, polka or galop.

See also: List of women's magazines

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