Ladies' Magazine

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The Ladies' Magazine, an early magazine for women, was first published in 1828 in Boston, Massachusetts.[1][2] Also known as Ladies' Magazine and Literary Gazette and later as American Ladies Magazine, it was designed to be American, and named to separate itself from the Lady's Magazine of London. The magazine was founded by Reverend John Lauris Blake, Congregational minister and headmaster of the Cornhill School for Young Ladies, who desired to set a model for American womanhood.[3]

It is thought to have been the first magazine to be edited by a woman; from 1828 until 1836, its editor was Sarah Josepha Hale.[4] As editor, Hale hoped she could aid in the education of women, as she wrote, "not that they may usurp the situation, or encroach on the prerogatives of man; but that each individual may lend her aid to the intellectual and moral character of those within her sphere".[5]

Ladies' Magazine was acquired by Louis Antoine Godey in 1836.[6] In 1837 it merged with the Lady's Book and Magazine published in Philadelphia by Godey and better known by its later name, Godey's Lady's Book. Hale moved from Boston to Philadelphia to edit the new, combined magazine.[7]


  1. ^ Jennifer Nelson (October 1, 2012). Airbrushed Nation: The Lure and Loathing of Women's Magazines. Seal Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-58005-463-8. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Roxanne Hovland; Joyce M. Wolburg; Eric E. Haley (December 18, 2014). Readings in Advertising, Society, and Consumer Culture. Routledge. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-317-46136-4. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Godey's Lady's Book: Sarah Josepha Hale Biography
  4. ^ Entrikin, Isabelle Webb, Sarah Josepha Hale and Godey's Lady's Book, Philadelphia, 1946
  5. ^ Rose, Anne C. Transcendentalism as a Social Movement, 1830–1850. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1981: 24. ISBN 0-300-02587-4
  6. ^ "Godey's Lady's Book". Accessible Archives. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Entrikin, Isabelle Webb, Sarah Josepha Hale and godey's Lady's Book, Philadelphia, 1946

Further reading[edit]

  • Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1938-68.)
  • Price, Kenneth M. and Susan Belasco Smith, eds. Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-century America. (Charlottesville, VA : University Press of Virginia, 1995.)

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