By: Virginia Gunn
Godey’s Lady’s Book, published in Philadelphia from 1830-1898, was one of the most influential periodicals for women in the nineteenth century. By mid-century, its huge circulation brought copies into almost every town in America. It became a standard arbiter of fashion; women looked to it and its competitors for the latest fashionable ideas in costume and needlework.
The purpose of this study is to trace the publication of patchwork patterns in Godey’s during the period of its greatest influence, the third quarter of the nineteenth century, and to survey the manner in which Godey’s responded to requests of its readers for patchwork.