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Nellie Bly Special Broke All Records

The Nellie Bly Special broke all records. It was the final leg of her 24,899-mile race to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record of Phileas Fogg’s trek Around the World in Eighty Days. Had her publisher, Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, not chartered a private train to

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Weird Science

Inventions and Discoveries of the Industrial Revolution defined today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Strange Times

Strange nineteenth-century customs, holidays and events echo in today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Fashion Forward

Victorian Age fashion pushed forward into greater freedom.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Secret Places

Advances in the Industrial Era spawned secret places, many of which you can still visit.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Trailblazers

Nellie Bly and other Victorian Era visionaries blazed trails to your future.

Krakatau Volcano Java by Marianne North, 1876. Image: The Public Catalogue Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Natural Wonders

Explore pets, plants and other 19th century natural wonders and people who protected them.

About Racing Nellie Bly

Rival journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland raced around the world in 1889. Facing treacherous…

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