Sue for Joe
Re: Origin of the Boad Nelly?
Mon Feb 4, 2019 12:46


We all get our ideas from SOMEWHERE.

There is a children's book called Nelly and her Boat by Josephine Franklin. I believe the publishing date is 1861.

Also, there is a 2013 book called 80 Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman.

Steve bought the book BRAND NEW for 50 cents in 2013, and gave it to me.

(Maybe if it was any more than 50 cents he wouldn't have given it to me? I, too, have a sense of humor.)

I very much enjoyed the book.


  • Origin of the Boad Nelly?Joe, Sat Feb 2 10:21
    In 2006, I first posted some personal thoughts about the origins of the “Boad Nelly,” ie. a potential connection between the name of the fictitious boat named by the kidnapper in the final ransom... more
    • Re: Origin of the Boad Nelly? — Sue for Joe, Mon Feb 4 12:46
      • Re: Origin of the Boad Nelly?steve for sue, Thu Feb 7 09:41
        of course I wouldn't have got it if it wasn't 50 cents
        • Who was the Cuttyhunk seafaring man that Dorothy Wayman was referring to in Bite the Bullet? The man that Condon knew at City Island in Pelham Bay? What particular Boad Nelly info. did Dorothy... more
    • Re: Origin of the Boad Nelly?steve for joe, Mon Feb 4 11:20
      it seems logical, but theres no telling if he really used her name in that note
      • Re: Origin of the Boad Nelly?Joe for Steve, Mon Feb 4 11:50
        You're right Steve and I just throw it out there. Could have been the name of the boat Richard rode with Anna through the Coney Island Tunnel of Love when he proposed, the one they rented on their... more
        • NellyAnonymous, Thu Feb 7 17:00
          Not the traveler Nelly Bly. There was a (then) famous kidnapping involving "Nelly" BRH's wife wore her dresses.
          • Re: NellyJoe , Fri Feb 8 08:39
            You're referring to Nell Donnelly, who founded the Donnelly Garment Company with her husband Paul, and had been kidnapped in 1931. As far as I know, Nell was never known as Nelly, has no obvious... more
            • Re: NellyAnonymous, Fri Feb 8 11:17
              That kidnaping case (Nellydon) was widely covered in the newspapers at the time, and was certainly part of the "world affair" that the kidnaper was making reference to. We must avoid being too... more
              • Re: NellyJoe, Fri Feb 8 11:53
                Certainly we need to maintain an open mind and that applies not only to this scenario. I'd venture the jigsaw puzzle that makes up this case is 80% complete with BRH quite central, but not all of the ... more
                • Re: NellyAnonymous, Mon Feb 11 10:06
                  Was Nellie Bly kidnapped? ;-)
                  • Re: NellyJoe, Wed Feb 13 14:30
                    No, but I'd venture she has more of a potential personal association with Richard Hauptmann for the reasons I mentioned, than a dress designer in Kansas City, that seething hotbed of nautical... more
                    • inspiration?Anonymous, Mon Feb 18 09:41
                      Sad to say, Nellie Bly died in 1922, ten years before the Lindbergh kidnapping. Why would BRH want to think about her (Bly), consciously or otherwise? But the ower of the famous "NellyDon" dress... more
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