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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 7


 

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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

PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER

1962 Seattle World's Fair


One of the very very first molds ever vended by the Mold-A-Rama machine (the early style machine at that) -The PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair!

The PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER tells the story of electricity.  Within the outdoor pavilion was a large 16 x 24-foot map of Washington that "floated" in a pool to show how the most electrified state in the Union harnesses its rivers to produce an abundance of low-cost electricity.  A colorful water wheel symbolized the old "at site" use of water power.  Alongside was a modern water wheel generator which demonstrated how water power was converted to electric power to be transmitted to where it was needed.  An animated display of nature's water cycle showed why water power is inexhaustible.  Another illustrated how power dams not only produce electricity but bring extra benefits of flood control, navigation, recreation and irrigation.  Two more displays explained how electricity is produced from atomic and solar energy.  Like others at the Space Age World's Fair, this exhibit pointed out "how our wonderful world will be even better in Century 21!"







This was the 'floating' model of the state of Washington.  Check out how it got lit up at night (below)!




So where was the Mold-A-Rama machine that vended the PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER you might ask?  This is something that has stumped many for many, many years.  Norm Bolotin at thehistorybank.com has spent considerable time and effort researching the locations of the Mold-A-Rama machines (he himself was at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and collected the Mold-A-Rama souvenirs).

Thanks to the great sluething effort of all - including that of yet another great fan of MOLDVILLE who has uncovered a photo from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair that clearly shows a portion of the PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER Mold-A-Rama machine on location!  I don't have permission from the owner to post that image yet, but perhaps for now I can describe where the PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER Mold-A-Rama machine was: 

Looking at the postcard above, the Mold-A-Rama machine was located outside the Pavilion of Electric Power, under cover at ground level, positioned between what I'll call the 'spindle' holding up that circular raised outdoor portion of the pavilion on its left, and the base of the exit steps down to the ground on its right.  You would almost be able to see it in the shadows underneath in the postcard above (but you can't).


I made this screen shot from a 50th anniversary movie I was watching on fb.  I can't really make it out in this image, but the Mold-A-Rama machine was placed in the area I circled with a dotted line.

Maybe someone else out there has a photo from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair of the PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER that better shows this area under the PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER that they would love to share with us?  It's easy to do - just email me at MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com!


This is an original vintage-made PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER mold - you don't see these very often!  (This courtesy of Norm Bolotin at www.thehistorybank.com.)


Above and below are photos of the machine currently at the Pacific Science Center running for a limited time the original moldset of the PAVILION OF ELECTRIC POWER.  Notably, and not coincidentally, this Mold-A-Rama machine is an early style, Model 688 - the same style machine that the PAVILION OF ELECTRIC POWER moldset was originally vended on at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair!



The PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER moldset is a very early moldset with VERY EARLY NUMBERING.  In fact, it is the LOWEST engraved numbering of all moldsets  - #1004. It's very possible (and in fact very likely) that all moldsets had a serial number (even the early UNnumbered moldsets).  The PAVILION of ELECTRIC POWER is the very first moldset to have that serial number marked on the moldset itself!


Evidence that ALL moldsets had a sequential serial number assigned (even those without a number engraved on it):  I know of seventeen (17) early style UNnumbered moldsets.  That corresponds nearly one-for-one with the 17 or so GAPS/MISSING NUMBERS in my chronological list of moldset serial numbers among those having an early style mating design (from a presumed #1001 through the first later-mating-design moldset in the grouping #1039).  Coincidence?


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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