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Round the World with Nellie Bly

Identifier: EPH 5044

Scope and Contents

One board game for two to four players manufactured by McLoughlin Brothers, New York and copyrighted by J. A. Crozier. Players spin to advance pawns along a spiral-shaped course replicating the globe-circling trip accomplished by Nellie Bly. Seventy-two illustrated squares describe Bly’s location on each day of her journey. Some squares are marked with instructions that send players forward or back along the course. The first player arrive at the 73rd space, representing a return to ‘New Jersey,’ wins.


  • Copyright: 1890


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

In 1889, Elizabeth Cochrane (formerly Elizabeth Cochran and later Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, 1864-1922) was a 25-year-old reporter for the New York World, writing under the name Nellie Bly. Inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, she circled the globe, largely independently, by rail and steamship between November 14, 1889 and January 25, 1890.


1 box (1 game (1 board, 4 pieces, 1 spinner, 1 pamphlet)) : cardboard, metal, wood, color ; 42 x 41 cm folding board in 42 x 22 x 4 cm box

Language of Materials



Title taken from box lid. Title on gameboard verso reads: Game of Round the World with Nellie Bly. Instruction pamphlet has title: Around the World with Nellie Bly.


Rules of play provided in printed pamphlet (7 pages).

Jennifer Brcka
2019 September 18
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556