The Godey's Lady's Book was a monthly magazine published in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1878. Before the American Civil War it was the most widely circulated magazine in the United States. The editor from 1837 to 1877 was Sarah Josepha Hale. She also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
Godey's Lady's Book was best known for the fashion plates and patterns which became a useful source for women across the continent. The magazine also published short stories, information about women's causes and employment, and sheet music; it never discussed political subjects.