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Round the World with Nellie Bly

Object Number: 
2000.448
Date: 
1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood
Dimensions: 
board: 16 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. ( 42.2 x 40 cm ) box: 1 5/8 x 8 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. ( 4.1 x 22.2 x 41.9 cm )
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 reverse of the board: "GAME OF/ Round/ the/ World/ A/ NOVE
Description: 
"Game of Round the World with Nellie Bly" board game with board, spinner, four turned wooden playing pieces, instructions and a quality control slip in paper covered cardboard box; board with a multicolored 73 step circular 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." reverse of the board printed with an image of Bly carrying a case and inscribed, "GAME OF/ Round/ the/ World/ A/ NOVEL AND/ FASCINATING/ GAME/ With/ THE WORLD'S GLOBE CIRCLER/ Nellie Bly./ WITH/ PLENTY/ OF/ EXCITEMENT/ BY/ LAND AND/ SEA/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S PUB, NEW YORK. COPYRIGHT 1890 BY J.A.GROZIER"; box cover with and image of Nellie Bly and the inscription, "ROUND THE WORLD/ WITH/ NELLIE BLY./ A NOVEL AND FASCINATING GAME WITH PLENTY/ OF EXCITEMENT ON LAND AND SEA./ McLOUGHLIN BROS. NEW YORK."
Gallery Label: 
This game is based on the adventures of Nellie Bly, the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cochrane, an American journalist who traveled 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 initiated the enterprise and kept its readers informed of her adventures with pictures and daily articles on her adventures. She sailed from New York on November 14, 1889 and completed her round-trip journey in 72..
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group