Round the World with Nellie Bly


J. A. Grozier, Game of Round the World: a Novel and Fascinating Game with Plenty of Excitement by Land and Sea: with Nellie Bly (1864-1922), the World’s Globe Circler (New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1890). Graphic Arts GAX 2011- in process



On November 14, 1889, investigative journalist Nellie Bly (whose real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochran), began a journey “around the world in eighty days.” Inspired by Jules Verne’s fictitious character Phileas Fogg and financed by the New York World, Bly was challenged to beat Fogg’s time and write about the journey for the newspaper. Over 1,000,000 people entered the newspaper’s contest to guess the time it would take Bly to finish.

On January 25, 1890, she made it back to New York City, beating Fogg in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. And, like Verne’s hero, her journey was celebrated in a board game.