Around the World with Nellie Bly
Object Name: Table game
Date: ca. 1910
Medium: Cardboard, paper, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/8 x 16 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. ( 2.9 x 42.2 x 42.2 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: "Game of Round the World with Nellie Bly" board game with board, spinner, four turned wooden playing pieces and a paper instruction booklet in paper covered cardboard and wood box; board with a multicolored 73 step circular spiral path detailing a trip around the world starting and finishing in New York, center of board with image of lower manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, four corners printed with Nellie Bly, Jules Verne, a train and a steam ship; board inscribed, "NELLIE BLY/ THE WORLD'S GLOBE CIRCLER/ GOOD BY PHINEAS!/ JULES VERNE/ SPEEDING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC./ OVER A MILE A MINUTE./ ALL RECORDS BROKEN."; box cover with and image of Nellie Bly standing on a globe with an image of Venice in the background and an airplane above; box cover inscribed, "ROUND the WORLD/ with NELLIE BLY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ Incorporated/ NEW YORK."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
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Object Number: 2000.447
Marks: lithographed: on the board: "NELLIE BLY/ THE WORLD'S GLOBE CIRCLER/ GOOD BY PHINEAS!/ JULES VERNE/ SPEEDING ACROSS THE ATLANTIC./ OVER A MILE A MINUTE./ ALL RECORDS BROKEN." lithographed: on the box cover: "ROUND the WORLD/ with NELLIE BLY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ Incorporated/ NEW YORK."
This game is based on the adventures of Nellie Bly, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochrane, an American journalist who travelled around the world in an attempt to break the record created by the fictional Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days." The New York "World" thought up the enterprise and kept its readers informed with daily articles on her adventure. She sailed from New York on November 14, 1889 and completed her journey in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds
"The Games We Played: Victorian Games from the Liman Collection," New-York Historical Society, December 4, 2001-March 24, 2002.