Here’s a tidbit of history for this gloomy Saturday afternoon…
Godey’s Lady’s Book Praises French Fashion
The women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book launches in the U.S. and becomes a very popular periodical. It includes dress illustrations in each issue and defers to France as the center of fashion trends.
The magazine was published by Louis A. Godey from Philadelphia between 1830–1878. He originally intended to take advantage of the popularity of gift books, many of which were marketed specifically to women. Each issue distributed 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.
When Hale started at Godey’s, the magazine had a circulation of ten thousand subscribers. Two years later, it jumped to 40,000 and by 1860 had 150,000 subscribers.
This is an inspiration for me. I am really looking forward to have thousands of subscribers to read what I (and others I plan to soon incorporate) have to say about Fashion and Food in our generation.
Just one of ‘fatboyfavs’