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I collect chess sets - one of the ones I got recently is this little guy:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Regal-Solid-Metal-Chess-Figures-Pieces-Black-Silver-/153814069032?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=iLHNhIq6W1oYkbdefFEOTux6ge8%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc

Nothing super unusual - I have a lot of small metal sets - I had just not seen this particual brand before.

When I got it I found that the side of the box had this printed on it:

Manufactured by 
_AMES INDUSTRIES, INC. 
P.O. Box 486 Paoli Penna.
(The first letter is torn off - so I assumed it was a J.  That is also a strange abbreviation for Pennsylvania)
 
Elsewhere on the box it says "ANOTHER SLINKY TOY".
 
So with a bit of digging I found that the inventor of the Slinky was Richard T. James and that he and his wife set up a company to manufacture the Slinky line in PA.  They also made other toys I guess (or at least chess sets like mine).
 
I had Slinkys when I was little - never could keep the things from getting bent.
 
Any random appearances of toys from your childhood?
 
(And now I have that GD slinky tune stuck in my  head - it is worse the the oscar mayer one........)
 
 
 
Edited by Wandering Tellurian
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