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.