Beadle's "Dime Novel"
"Dime Novels" were popular fiction tales from the mid to late 19th century. One of the most prolific publishers of these tales was Erastus Beadle (who often published with his partner Robert Adams). The Beadle's Dime Novels first appeared in 1860 and continued through the end of the century, with over 600 novels published. Dime Novels (so named for their typical cost) and yellow, or cheap paper-covered booklets (from which the term "pulp fiction" originates) were widely sold adventure stories that often mined the tales of the great American Western frontier for their stories.
Author Frederick Whittaker wrote this tale, "Dick Darling, the Pony Expressman" in the summer of 1874. The story was published as a stand alone Dime Novel as well as in the Saturday Journal, another Beadles & Adams publication.
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