1869 Horse and Rider 2c Brown

This stamp commemorates the riders of the Pony Express which ran between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, from April, 1860, to October, 1861. It shows a post horse and rider. This was the first US stamp to depict an actual historic event.

Though the Express was a popular service, this pictorial series of stamps was not. People complained about the size and some of the subjects of the stamps.