History Main / PonyExpressRider

27th Sep '15 11:16:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Referred to in ''HowTheWestWasWon''. * Mentioned anachronistically in ''SheWoreAYellowRibbon''. * ''TheGunslingers'' featured a Pony Express rider as a bearer of important news.
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* Referred to in ''HowTheWestWasWon''. ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon''. * Mentioned anachronistically in ''SheWoreAYellowRibbon''. ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon''. * ''TheGunslingers'' ''Film/TheGunslingers'' featured a Pony Express rider as a bearer of important news.
1st Sep '15 9:19:32 PM nombretomado
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** When this film was featured on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', the 'bots were inspired to set up their own knockoff, with Crow as the rider and Gypsy as the horse. Tom Servo then uses the Gypsy Express to send completely unimportant messages to Joel, who's only standing a few feet away from him anyway.
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** When this film was featured on ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', the 'bots were inspired to set up their own knockoff, with Crow as the rider and Gypsy as the horse. Tom Servo then uses the Gypsy Express to send completely unimportant messages to Joel, who's only standing a few feet away from him anyway.
8th Aug '15 8:18:01 AM Roach
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* In the world of ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'', the local equivalent are the Riders of Beilunk, notable for delivering "anywhere on the continent, no matter where." There are instances where it is mentioned that 'the rider just brushed off the arrows stuck in his black leather clothes, and rode off again' when delivering to people travelling through the Orcland - they find the addressees even though they are on the move!
19th Mar '15 8:06:37 PM nombretomado
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* One of George [=MacDonald=] Fraser's notes to ''{{Flashman}} and the Redskins'' talks about the true story of "old Bronco Charlie Miller driving past filling-stations and movie theatres where once he had ridden for the Pony Express" to emphasize just how ephemeral the frontier was.
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* One of George [=MacDonald=] Fraser's notes to ''{{Flashman}} ''{{Literature/Flashman}} and the Redskins'' talks about the true story of "old Bronco Charlie Miller driving past filling-stations and movie theatres where once he had ridden for the Pony Express" to emphasize just how ephemeral the frontier was.
16th Aug '14 4:18:24 PM Prfnoff
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[[folder:Theatre]] * In ''Theatre/TheGirlOfTheGoldenWest'', a Pony Express rider delivers news about Ramerrez to the Polka. The operatic version explicitly calls for an onstage pony. [[/folder]]
16th Aug '14 4:15:32 PM Prfnoff
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* in the ''Kit Carson'' episode "Baron of Black Springs", criminals ambush a Pony Express rider to steal evidence he's carrying enroute to the War Department.
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* in In the ''Kit Carson'' episode "Baron of Black Springs", criminals ambush a Pony Express rider to steal evidence he's carrying enroute to the War Department.

* The science fiction RolePlayingGame ''{{Traveller}}'' tried to use the Pony Express as the logo of the Imperial Intersteller Scout Service, which operates the similar Express Boat network. But the (in-universe) designers of the logo didn't realize a pony was a small horse, instead thinking it was a similarly-named creature from another world. Thus, the logo features a horseback rider on an eight-legged dinosaur. * The Pony Express survives much longer in the world of ''{{Deadlands}}'' than it did in the real world as the weirdness unleashed by the Reckoning makes the telgraph far less reliable.
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* The science fiction RolePlayingGame ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' tried to use the Pony Express as the logo of the Imperial Intersteller Scout Service, which operates the similar Express Boat network. But the (in-universe) designers of the logo didn't realize a pony was a small horse, instead thinking it was a similarly-named creature from another world. Thus, the logo features a horseback rider on an eight-legged dinosaur. * The Pony Express survives much longer in the world of ''{{Deadlands}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' than it did in the real world as the weirdness unleashed by the Reckoning makes the telgraph telegraph far less reliable.
16th Aug '14 4:07:31 PM Prfnoff
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A rider for the Pony Express, a fast mail-delivery service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The service only operated from April 1860 to October 1861, when the first transcontinental telegraph line made it obsolete, and never received the U.S. mail contract that would have made the service profitable. Yet it became legendary [[BrieferThanTheyThink out of all proportion to its duration]], as an example of American individuality, ruggedness and "can-do" spirit. The idea of fast mounted couriers riding in relays between staging posts is OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least to the Persian Empire (ca. 550330 BC). But the previous versions had been exclusively for government communications, rather than anyone who could pay the fees, and of the courage and toughness of the couriers and station-men there is no doubt.
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A rider for the Pony Express, a fast mail-delivery service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The service only operated from April 1860 to October 1861, when the first transcontinental telegraph line made it obsolete, and never received the U.S. federal mail contract that would have made the service profitable. Yet it became legendary [[BrieferThanTheyThink out of all proportion to its duration]], as an example of American individuality, ruggedness and "can-do" spirit. The idea of fast mounted couriers riding in relays between staging posts is OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least to the Persian Empire (ca. 550330 BC). But the previous versions had been exclusively for government communications, rather than anyone who could pay the fees, and of the courage and toughness of the couriers and station-men there is no doubt.
16th Aug '14 4:04:09 PM Prfnoff
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A rider for the Pony Express, a fast mail-delivery service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The service only operated from April 1860 to October 1861, when the first transcontinental telegraph line made it obsolete, but it became legendary [[BrieferThanTheyThink out of all proportion to its duration]], as an example of American individuality, ruggedness and "can-do" spirit. The idea of fast mounted couriers riding in relays between staging posts is OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least to the Persian Empire (ca. 550330 BC). But the previous versions had been exclusively for government communications, rather than anyone who could pay the fees, and of the courage and toughness of the couriers and station-men there is no doubt.
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A rider for the Pony Express, a fast mail-delivery service between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The service only operated from April 1860 to October 1861, when the first transcontinental telegraph line made it obsolete, but and never received the U.S. mail contract that would have made the service profitable. Yet it became legendary [[BrieferThanTheyThink out of all proportion to its duration]], as an example of American individuality, ruggedness and "can-do" spirit. The idea of fast mounted couriers riding in relays between staging posts is OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least to the Persian Empire (ca. 550330 BC). But the previous versions had been exclusively for government communications, rather than anyone who could pay the fees, and of the courage and toughness of the couriers and station-men there is no doubt.
7th Apr '14 3:21:20 PM LongLiveHumour
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* Focus of the ''LuckyLuke'' book "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Express]]", the twist being that Luke ends up having to ride all the way himself, as a competitor tries to sabotage the mail delivery. At the end of the book, we get a glimpse of the future, how the telegram replaces the pony express. In "The Singing Wire", the telegraph connection construction is approved and one of the responsible engineers hires Luke to help them build it.
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* Focus of the ''LuckyLuke'' ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' book "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pony Express]]", the twist being that Luke ends up having to ride all the way himself, as a competitor tries to sabotage the mail delivery. At the end of the book, we get a glimpse of the future, how the telegram replaces the pony express. In "The Singing Wire", the telegraph connection construction is approved and one of the responsible engineers hires Luke to help them build it.
14th Dec '13 2:26:22 PM Prfnoff
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* ''DaveBarry Slept Here'' claims that Pony Express riders traveled on telegraph wires, and their horses "would often get as far as thirty feet before they would fall off the wires and splat courageously onto the ground."
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* ''DaveBarry Slept Here'' ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' claims that Pony Express riders traveled on telegraph wires, and their horses "would often get as far as thirty feet before they would fall off the wires and splat courageously onto the ground."
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