Around the world with Nellie Bly
New York : McLoughlin Brothers, c. 1890. Game board, 415 x 400 mm, chromolithograph playing board in two sheets, folding, with vignettes of Nellie Bly, Jules Verne, a steam ship and a steam train. Fine condition. Housed in original box with chromolithograph illustration, containing spinner card and four wooden counters.
“Famed woman journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochran) gained her reputation through two feats. She wrote “Ten Days in a Mad-House” after an undercover visit to an insane asylum, and she circumnavigated the globe; setting a new world record. She set this record in 1888, although it only stood for a few months. Still, these achievements bought her much noteriety in the late 19th century. And the largest manufacturer of games at this time, McLoughlin Brothers of New York, made a board game to commemorate her travels. The game’s traveling theme fits well with other travel games of the period. Playing such a game allowed stay-at-home players to experience a pretend journey. This particular example is just the game board only, of several Nellie Bly Game editions produced by McLoughlin. It allows a view of the concentric race pattern used for this game.” (Museum of Play website http://www.museumofplay.org/online-collections/3/48/107.3540).
Scarce, particularly in the box.