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Historical Artifact Added to DCHS's Collection

DCHS’s Newest Acquisition

DCHS would like to thank Andrew Saul of the Delaware County Institute of Science for his generous donation of a 20” by 30” model of a French riding coach. This model was on exhibit at the 1939 World Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Wondering how this artifact ended up in Delaware County? The President of the New York World Fair Corporation, Grover Whalen, made several trips to France in order to convince the French into becoming a part of the World Fair. After the French agreed to participate, this replica of the riding coach was included as a part of their national exhibit.

When the World Fair ended, this model sat in Mr. Whelan’s office, and he later passed it on to his daughter who resided in Rose Valley, Delaware County. Mr. Whalen’s daughter happens to be Andrew Saul’s mother!

(French Riding Coach Model pictured on right)
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