All of the images in this gallery come from the historical collections of Baker Library at Harvard Business School. They are some of the many artifacts in the library that bring the historic events of the South Sea Bubble to life.
Stock Jobbing Ladies
Although women had been investing in the stock market since its inception, the years leading up to the South Sea Bubble saw a sharp rise in the number of women passionately involved in buying and selling stocks. The sheet music shown here satirizes the influence of stock trading on women from all classes of society. The text has been attributed to Anne Finch, a successful poet and friend of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope.