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Godey's Ladys Book 1861 (M)

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1861*, months Jan - Dec. In excellent condition. Occasional brown spots noted. No fashion plates noted but have etchings. Everything there except colored plates

Published from 1830-1878 by Louis A. Godey and edited by Sarah J. Hale from 1837-1877, Godey's was among the first and most successful American women's magazines. In the 1850s its circulation ranged between 70,000 and 150,000 copies every month. To fulfill its announced goal of moral instruction for women, Godey's excluded politics, and the magazine 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, and featured poems, stories, articles and copious, lavish illustrations, including the monthly fashion plates hand-colored by the group. Godey referred to as "our corps of one hundred and fifty female colorers." The magazine was expensive; subscribers paid $3 per year (for comparison, The Saturday Evening Post was only $2 per year). Even so, it was the most popular journal in its day. Godey sold the magazine in 1877 to John Hill Seyes Haulenbeek before his death in 1877. The magazine ceased publication with the death of Haulenbeek in 1898.

Godey's Ladys Book 1861 (M)


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, leather
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