Selected Images from Godey's Lady's Book

Published (beginning in 1830) by Louis A. Godey and edited (after 1837) by Sarah J. Hale, 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 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 sixty-six images available in this gallery are intended to represent a sampling of the hundreds of illustrations that appeared in Godey's between 1850 and 1852. To enlarge any of them, click on the icon at left.

(Philadelphia: L. A. Godey, 1850-1852).