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America's first woman editor of a general-interest magazine...

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April 25, 1807

THE OBSERVER, Baltimore, April 25, 1807  A short-lived newspaper which published only from November, 1806 thru December, 1807. Its significance in the world of journalism is that its editor, Eliza Anderson Godefoy, or Eliza Anderson at the time (pseudonym of "Beatrice Ironside"), was the first woman to edit a general-interest magazine in the United States. She was 26 years old at the time. While a few widows had taken on the role of editing or publishing newspapers after the death of their husbands, the idea of a female editor was certainly a novel one in 1807. And almost all magazines edited by women in the 19th century were aimed at a female audience, while Anderson's "Observer" was directed at both men and women (see hyperlink for more).
Sixteen pages, wide, never-trimmed margins, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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