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Nellie Bly’s travell around the world in 80 days
Originally shared by Dirk Puehl
14 November 1889, #onthisday in New York the journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland started their “race around the world” against the fictional 80 days benchmark set by Jules Verne 15 years before.
Once upon a time, the Cliffs of Moher and Cape Finisterre used to be the end of the world. By the 1870s, New York had become just the next layover. The White Star liners made the Atlantic crossing in under eight days, railways ran from coast to coast and a message sent on the telegraph from Cape Town, to Alexandria and London would reach the States almost in a blink of an eye. The world had become significantly smaller with the power of steel and steam and human ingenuity while speed evoked a unique myth of the 19th century. And Jules Verne finally had become its prophet with the publication of his classic adventure novel “Around the World in Eighty Days” that described a fictional circumnavigation just a couple of years after the days, when East Indiamen still sailed three months from England on the Calcutta run. In 1873, Phileas Fogg’s journey time was a theoretical possibility. 15 years later, two women set forth to suit action to the word.
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Depicted below is a contemporary photo of Nellie Bly, taken during her departure from New York