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Ladies' magazines, a genre that had proven popular in England, began to be printed in post-revolutionary America. Martha Washington's interest in these magazines may have begun in 1793 when the Philadelphia editors of The Lady's Magazine, and Repository of Entertaining Knowledge, presented their first volume to her. She later owned this New York publication, The Lady's Magazine and Musical Repository. While early ladies' magazines were comprised primarily of literature and poetry for a woman's entertainment, this publication includes fold-out sheet music as well as instructional articles with such intriguing titles as "On the Duties which we owe to Society."

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Date

1801


People


Geography

  • Published - United States

Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall (A): 8 3/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. (20.8 cm x 13.34 cm x 3.81 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1950


Signed

Contents page, top right corner, in brown ink: Martha Washington


Object Number

W-1548


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