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Object Name Periodical
Accession number WHC 2013.19
Title Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine, August 1871
Title added entry Volume LXXXIII [83], No. 494.
Summary Godey's Lady's Book, alternatively known as Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book, was a United States magazine which was published in Philadelphia. It was the most widely circulated magazine in the period before the Civil War. The magazine was published by Louis A. Godey from Philadelphia for 48 years (1830–1878). Godey intended to take advantage of the popularity of gift books, many of which were marketed specifically to women. Each issue contained poetry, articles, and engravings created by prominent writers and other artists of the time. Sarah Josepha Hale (author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") was its editor from 1837 until 1877 and only published original, American manuscripts. Although the magazine was read and contained work by both men and women, Hale published three special issues which only included work done by women.

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. 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.
Collection Perry Family Collection
Author Godey, L.A.
Publisher L.A. Godey (1841-)
Published Date August 1871
Published Place Philadelphia
Catalog Number WHC 2013.19.5
Physical Description illustrations; 25 cm
Subjects Advertisements
Fashion design drawings
Fashion designs
Fashion plates
Musical notation
Short stories
Women's magazines
Search Terms Godey's Lady's Book