Let’s look at the technology in the later episodes of the first two seasons, and I think you’ll see it’s rather consistent.
In Griffin the Brush Off, we see Pinkie Pie using something like an auto-gyro, invented 1923
In Suited For Success we see that Rarity has a rather modern looking domestic sewing machine, like the ones made by Singer after 1856.
In Over a Barrel, we see the Friendship Express for the first time, a 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive. I think the existence of Trains in the My Little Pony universe deserves special notice, because they are seen so often. While the one in Over a Barrell is horse powered (available 1807), the ones in later episodes are steam powered (available for public use 1830, and phased out beginning in the 1930s, but still in use widespread use through the Second World War). Equestria has a well-developed rail infrastructure. You can go anywhere in Equestria on a train from the Crystal Empire, to the Kirin Grove, to the Hippogriffs. The American transcontinental railroad was completed 1866.
In Read it and Weep, we see Rainbow Dash has been given an x-ray. The X-ray machine was invented in 1896.
In The Mysterious Mare Do Well, we see a Hydroelectric plant (yes, you can see electric coils.). Invented 1881.
In The Last Round Up, in the I Love Lucy skit in the Cherry town, we see a conveyer belt, invented 1892 and used more broadly in the two decades after.
In Party of One, Pinkie sends a “singing telegram.” Western Union started singing telegram services in 1933. No, I’m not joking. Look it up. In any case, telegrams were introduced after 1753 and were phased out sometime before the 1950s.
And now I want to cover my absolute favorite technology reference in the entire first two seasons. In Suited for Success, the song “Art of the Dress” includes the lines “even though it rides high on the flank, Rainbow won’t look like a tank.” In Find a Pet, Rainbow Dash names her pet Tortoise “Tank.” I want you to ask yourself, what the word “tank” must mean in context, and why it appears not once, but twice in My Little Pony. It’s use in Art of the Dress must refer to something big, bulky, and unwieldy when moved, yet movable, while its use for the tortoise implies something slow, big, heavy, tough, heavily armored
. Also, just for fun, note that the song “Find a Pet” uses the phrase “faster than a speeding bullet.”
You say that the locations in My Little Pony clash and vary too much, like Canterlot, Manehattan, and Ponyville. First of all, as stated above, Ponyville’s thatched roofs isn’t really out of line with its agricultural-rural location, nor do the little hamlets scattered about modern Europe necessarily look all that different, and some of Ponyville’s buildings look more modern anyways like Sugarcube Corner.
Second, it’s pretty common for cities to have very architectural styles. Lisbon Portugal has many buildings that look like colonial Brazilian architecture, and almost no buildings older than 1755. This is because the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 virtually obliterated the city, and Portugal hired an architect whose experience mostly consisted of making cheap buildings for the colonies to rebuild the city. Paris has wide open streets and consistent architecture from around the late 1800s. This is because much of Paris was leveled during the French Commune Rebellion in 1871, and the French government rebuilt the city with wide streets that radiate from central points specifically designed to make it easier to put down future rebellions in the city. Prague still has its old buildings and castle complex from the Hapsburg era, as virtually the whole city, even the synagogues, survived the last two centuries. Venice looks as it did when the doges ruled, while Berlin has almost no buildings older than 1945, and much of it is dominated by Soviet architecture. Cities look older and younger than each other because they basically are, for reasons that come from their individual histories.
Equestria is likely the same, with some cities older or younger, and more or less preserved. Of course the ancient court city looks more stylish and medieval than the poorer, urban, more industrial and newer city of Manehattan. They look different because they are different.
Let’s also take a deeper look at the Manehattan Skyline. Manehattan is first introduced in Season 1 in Cutie Mark Chronicles. In Manehattan we see a number of tenement buildings (built 1867+) and skyscrapers (Built in steel frame 1885+). In particular, the skyline is dominated by a pony version of the Statue of Liberty (dedicated 1886) and an art deco building that almost looks like a Knight chess piece, which we know from other sources is named the “Chrystaller Building,” and seems to be a version of the Chrysler building, completed 1930. Interestingly, there is no pony-version of the Empire State Building, completed 1931, making the skyline of Manehattan resemble the New York City skyline during a short period in 1930.
Does Manehattan – introduced mid-season 1 – really
clash with the world of color photography, latex balloons, wrapping paper, Statue of Liberty dresses
and personal income taxes we see in the first three Faust-written episodes in Season 1?
Even the technology we see at random at later episodes, like the pneumatic jackhammer in Princess Spike (1851) and the Phonograph in the Yak village in Not Asking For Trouble, Season 7 (~1877), is fairly consistent. The My Little Pony Movie introduces Airships, seen again in “Once Upon a Zeppelin,” (invented 1899), which of course take a more fantastical style than the Hindenburg-style rigid airships we may see in the real world.