'Twas many, many years ago now - way back at the end of 1972 or very early in '73 if I recall correctly. It was late afternoon and beginning to get dark, and the street lights had already sprung to life in order to pierce the gloom of the advancing blackness. Did a recently fallen thin covering of rain adorn the pavements and roads, reflecting the gleam of the lamps in their twinkling surface? I no longer remember with certainty, but there could well have been.
Today a replacement for Jerry mouse arrived at the same house I was living in 47 years ago when I acquired his doppelganger, but this time he crossed the doorstep with a friend - namely Tom, the cat, from the series of MGM classic cartoons that both characters appeared in, which were frequently shown on TV back in the '70s. Both of my toys are manufactured by MARX, though their name appears only on the boxes, not the toys themselves, which is unusual. In fact, the following close-up ebay photos of the same toys do have the Marx brand on their backs, so it must either have been added or removed from the moulds at some stage. I no longer recall whether my original Jerry had the brand or not.
P.S. I've borrowed the opening photo from the Internet, as I haven't had time to take one of my own yet. When I do, I'll replace it.