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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 2


 

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his machine is a beauty. It has the original red/yellow deck with original Disney posed wire figures in various positions about deck, e.g., pushing the mold halves closed, riding the dispensing shovel, pointing to the finished figure, etc. The original RED Disney delivery door is beautifully intact over the delivery box.

 

This particular machine was built just before the '64 NY World's Fair, and was last used in 1976. When retired it was producing Pluto Disney figures, the Pluto mold being on the machine and some original old-wax Pluto figures being found strewn about inside the machine.

 

The MOLDVILLE Mold-A-Rama machine has many, many, many original molds with it. (Not the wax figures;  I'm talking about the aluminum mold halves themselves that push together to make the MAR figures.)

 

For those inquiring minds, the best information is that the Disneyland Toy Factory Mold-A-Rama machines were NOT ever at Disneyland. But they most certainly WERE at the 1964 New York World's Fair, used to mold various Disney characters, and of course the '64 NY World's Fair symbol- the UNISPHERE!

 

Question is: What to do with this vintage, beautiful, all-original, operating machine?

 

While this thought can change depending upon interest, the initial idea is to make figures for those interested, change the mold each week, and offer a 'subscription' for a years' worth of figures. That would be 52 figures, perhaps shipped monthly, including some otherwise commonly seen figures, some not-so-commonly seen figures, and most importantly some EXTREMELY RARELY SEEN figures. While the exact figures to be molded will not be disclosed ahead of time, the rarest molds to be used include molds used at:

     '62 World's Fair in SEATTLE

     '64 World's Fair in NEW YORK

     '67 EXPO in MONTREAL

     Mann's Chinese Theatre in HOLLYWOOD at movie premiers

 

Each week, on Moldville Mondays, I hope to post a VIDEO clip of the Moldville Mold-A-Rama making that week's featured figure. All those who are subscribed will receive that figure (and subsequent figures). To provide incentive to subscribe beforehand and not wait until a desirable ultra-rare figure is announced, each new figure will be molded only for those who are already subscribed-and only one per subscription. I hope to provide the look and feel-and excitement-of discovering a Mold-A-Rama machine and the magical figure it brings to life.

 

If/when I get REALLY up to speed (and gain sufficient interest), I may provide some original AUDIO tracks from the Mold-A-Rama machines circa 1960s. This audio was output from a tape player either as an 'attract' mode to randomly attract a passerby, or continuously.

 

The Moldville Mold-A-Rama is based in Washington, DC, in a location probably 500+ miles from the closest operating Mold-A-Rama machine.

 

Please, PASS THE WORD! Let me have your thoughts at MoldvilleMoldarama@gmail.com. The more interest there is, the more likely this is to happen! And soon!

 

The subscription price is looking like it will be set at a mere $5 per week (plus nominal monthly shipping.) Remember, you'll want to subscribe quickly and not miss out on any Moldville Mondays. I plan to start with a bang! If you miss any given week because you haven't yet subscribed, you will have missed your opportunity to own that week’s figure, which very well may have been one of the many extremely rare figure

CARDINAL

1970s Ohio State Fair


Last year in WEEK 10 of v1.0 we reissued the GATEWAY ARCH in honor of the improbable World Series Champion St. Louis CARDINALs.  This week we reissue the CARDINAL bird - but not from St. Louis!

The CARDINAL is the state bird of Ohio, but more importantly is hugely represented at the entrance to the Ohio State Fair!  Current Club-A-Rama members will each receive their very own CARDINAL souvenir from the Ohio State Fair of the 1970s!  Eldin Irwin trailered Mold machines around the midwest in the 1970s to bring them to many fairs and other events, e.g., the PUMPKIN SHOW (See Week 43 of v1.0).  One stop for the trailered mold machines each year was the Ohio State Fair, until around 1981 when it was last used there because Eldin stopped trailering his mold machines around.



For obvious reasons it is referred to as the "Cardinal Gate"!  We are told that the Ohio State Fair still has a vintage Molded souvenir of the CARDINAL on display.



The photo above, from the 1970s, doesn't show the Mold machines, but they WERE located on the main strip when you entered the main gate.  The MOLDVILLE machine itself was likely at the Ohio State Fair - particularly since it was found with an Ohio License from 1976 still attached for "TOY FACTORY MACHINES" at 50c!


1976 Ohio State Fair.  (One of these machines is very likely our very own MOLDVILLE machine back in the day!)




(photo taken by George C. Campbell 2005)


The CARDINAL and the PUMPKIN (see WEEK 43 of Club-A-Rama v1.0) were the first moldsets that Eldin Irwin made the sculptures for.



The CARDINAL moldset was made by ELDIN IRWIN (who usually made his own sculptures) sometime in the 1970s.  Only two original CARDINAL moldsets are known to exist; this being the only one retaining its original "OHIO STATE FAIR" engraving.  The other moldset is engraved for LOWRY PARK ZOO where it was used in the 1980s.



Disclaimers:  The color and/or exact condition of the MOLD you get in the CLUB-A-RAMA may or may not be as shown.  Not for children under 3.


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