The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 1852-74
In 1852 Samuel
Beeton persuaded his wife, Isabella, to join him in a new publishing
venture, a monthly paper called The Englishwoman's Domestic
Magazine. Initially priced at 2d, this was the first cheap
magazine for young middle-class women, and it was an immediate commercial
success, with an advertised circulation of 50,000 copies by 1856.
Isabella contributed notes on cookery and fashion, but the contents
also included a wide range of serial fiction, biographical sketches,
gardening and medical tips (including some useful advice on birth
control), and an irresistible correspondence page.