Nellie Bly - Journalist Extraordinaire

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Elizabeth Jane Cochran was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1864 to a determined father who worked in a mill and ended up owning it and most of the surrounding his farmhouse.  Known as Pinky as a child (because she was fond of the color and wore it often), Elizabeth Jane grew into a young woman with definite views.  In 1880 after reading an article particularly unflattering to women, she wrote an acidic rebuttal and  used the name Nelly Bly, the title of a popular song (an editor at the newspaper misspelled the name as Nellie Bly and it stuck).  The newpaper editor liked her well argued letter so much that he offered the writer a job (which he immediately recanted afdter discovering that the author was a female).  Elizabeth was so persuasive, however, that the editor finally hired her on the condition that she write under her nom de plume as it was considered unacceptable for a lady to be a writer unless she pretended to be a man  or she wrote about society goings on or fashion.

As an author, Elizabeth wrote about the plight of working women and spent several months in Mexico until she penned a protest denouncing the  arrest of a journalist who criticised the ruling regime and she was asked rather unpolitely to leave the country.  She went on to New York City where she wrote an expose of a New York city  asylum (primpting a grand jury investigation which led to improved conditions) and then proceeded to beat Phineas Fogg (the character in Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days) and arrived back in New York in 72 days. 

In 1895 Elizabeth gave up jounalism and married a millionaire iron king and became the President of Iron Clad Manufacturing, which under her control manufactured the standard 55 gallon steel drum still in use today.She invented a new type of milk can and after her husband died, she continued to lead the company.  Financial setbacks, however, cost her the company and she went back to journalism writing stories during WWI.  She died in 1922, but her legacy of undercover journalism and the adventurous young woman lives on.

Close fitting bodice has standup collar and lace inset with ruffle.  Bell sleeves are trimmed with lace. Bodice has hidden zippered closure. Skirt is full with a short train trimmed in ruffles..  Rear closure.  See
Edwardian Hats to finish off the ensemble.

Available in Misses/Womens sizes 6-24

#P192     Available in White/Pink, Pink, Blue, or Ivory Cotton  $250.00
 



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#P192C  Same as above except in childrens sizes

Available in Childrens sizes 10-16 

Available in White/Pink, Pink, Blue, or Ivory Cotton       $175.00

 

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