So I removed the old varnish and gave them a new coat. I left the scratches, oil stains and dents where they were. Some of the struts still had the Curtiss numbers on them.
Most of them have the original Curtiss drawing numbers stamped in the wood too.
Since I have a bunch of them, I was going to put them up for sale on barnstormers or e-bay, but I thought I'd let the readers of this blog have first shot at them. I figured anyone who reads this blog has at least a cursory interest in Jennies and would cherish a piece of the original airplane. If anyone wants one, make me an offer and I'll throw one in a box and ship it to you.
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