A 20-inch by 30-inch stagecoach exhibits accoutrements from another era, whether it be the soft, maroon velvet cushions lined with cord, the delicate lace curtains or the wooden handle that moves to open the carriage for those wanting to peek inside. The coach, a model of a French riding coach, actually comes from France and was on display in an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, N.Y. World’s Fairs date to the 1700’s but this particular one was remembered for its size and timing. Planned years earlier during the Great Depression as a way to rise from that situation, the 1939 event brought 44 million people to New York City and was one of the most expensive American world fairs ever. The 1939 World’s Fair was divided into themed areas: transportation, communications, government and the food and amusement areas. In the organization of the event, Grover Whelan, president of the New York World’s Fair Corporation, made several trips to France to convince them to participate in the grand extravaganza. After they agreed, the French included this replica as part of their national exhibit. When the fair ended, the riding coach sat in Mr. Whalen’s office for some time. Later, it was passed to his daughter, who lived in Rose Valley. Her son, Andrew Saul of the Delaware County Institute of Science, donated the showpiece to the Delaware County Historical Society, where it can be seen to this day. The Delaware County Historical Society is located at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free in the lot behind the building or across the street in the city’s municipal lot. For more information or for ways to get involved, please call 610-359-0832. This French stagecoach can be seen at the home of DCHS at 408 Avenue of the States in Chester.