This year for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I’m writing about the 1800s in celebration of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world in 1889, the subject of my new novel based on this adventure: Liz and Nellie.
Some letters are harder than others to find the right topic. G is for so many items in both the 1800s and in the story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world.
G is for grip sack:
Nellie Bly only took one piece of luggage with her. A small sack that looked more like a doctor’s bag than a bag to take around the world.
G is for ghillie hat:
Nellie wore the hat with front and back flaps as part of her now-famous ensemble.
G is for Ghormley:
The name of the tailor who made Nellie’s traveling dress. She went to him after getting the assignment and had her first fitting at 1:00, the second later that afternoon and it was finished.
“I want a dress that will stand constant wear for three months,” I added, and then let the responsibility rest on him.
Bringing out several different materials he threw them in artistic folds over a small table, studying the effect in a pier glass before which he stood.
He did not become nervous or hurried. All the time that he was trying the different effects of the materials, he kept up a lively and half humorous conversation. In a few moments he had selected a plain blue broadcloth and a quiet plaid camel’s-hair as the most durable and suitable combination for a traveling gown. –Nellie Bly
And a bonus.
G is for Gas Lamps
When I read about Mme. Verne lighting the gas lamps in the house of Jules Verne when Nellie stopped in for a quick visit, I was curious about how that happens. Here are some videos that show information about gas lamps.
Gas streetlights from the 1800s still being used in London today:
Interview with someone’s grandma and she talks about gas lights in the home
Part 1: start at 1:49 min