Around the Board

September 6, 2018



Board Game:
Round the World with Nellie Bly
Manufacturer: McLoughlin Brothers 
Date: 1890


Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochran, started writing for the Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1885 when she was only 21 years old. Bly broke her first big story when she convinced her publisher to send her to Mexico, where she wrote an expose on the corruption of government officials. She followed this up by going undercover as a patient in the New York City Lunatic Asylum for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World.

In 1888, Nellie Bly turned her attention to taking a trip around the world. She wanted to beat the fictional record by Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.” Nellie Bly left Jersey City, NJ by steamer on Nov. 14, 1889. Updates to her travels were regularly reported in the New York World. Bly endured hardships and delays throughout her travels. Arriving back in Jersey City on Jan. 21, 1890, her trip took 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.  

Nellie Bly’s record-breaking trip was a sensation. She became one of the most famous women in the United States. Congratulatory notes poured into the New York World’s office, with even Jules Verne, whom she met in France, cabling his congratulations. A book was published and even this board game was created to commemorate the event.

Look for the board game in the library. 

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