Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly [pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman] (1864-1922) Game of Around the World with Nellie Bly; A Novel and Fascinating Game With the World’s Globe Circler; with Plenty of Excitement by Land and Sea. NY: McLoughlin Bros Pub., 1890.

Still in print and sold at all the National Park Service shops as a puzzle, this board game celebrates the wager that a journalist and her bosses at The New York World made: to best the 80-day-jaunt of Jules Verne ’s fictional Phileas Fogg. Under the nom-de-plume Nellie Bly, she sent back regular reports of the sights, sounds, and smells of places she reached by ship, train, rickshaw, sampan, camel, horse, and burro. The nation was agog, and huge crowds cheered as Elizabeth disembarked in New York on day seventy-two!

 

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