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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 11


 

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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

RIVERBOAT

RAINBOW SPRINGS

Dunnellon, FL

1966


Rainbow Springs is the headwater for the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida, which is the anchor for Rainbow Springs State Park.  Rainbow Springs State Park is a popular destination to swim, snorkel, canoe, picnic, and stroll on walking paths.  Once named Wekiwa Creek, Blue Spring, and Blue Run, there is evidence that the Rainbow River (with a constant water temp of 73 degrees F) has attracted and sustained human inhabitants for over 10,000 years.

In the 1930s the spring was developed as a tourist attraction, and under new ownership in the 1960s marked its heyday.  During that time activities included glass-bottomed boat rides, riverboat rides, log raft rides, a leaf-shaped gondola/monorail system, a horse rodeo, and submarine boat tours.


According to the notation on the back of this 1972 press photo, the "Rainbow Queen" was a double-deck riverboat, stirring memories of Florida's early 1800s as she cruised leisurely down the historic Rainbow River.  The authentic stern-wheeler was one of the many attractions at Rainbow Springs, located 18 miles west of the Ocala exit of I-75, a main north-south route to Walt Disney World at Orlando.  Other highlights at Rainbow Springs included daily western-style rodeos, aerial monorail rides and unique underwater boat trips.



This is a press photo of the reigning Miss Rainbow Springs in 1969, posing with the mayor of Dunnellon, FL.



In 1974, the Rainbow Springs attraction closed as traffic began using I-75 instead of US Hwy 41, many tourists headed instead to the newer attraction "Walt Disney World." 

In 1990 the state of Florida purchased the original area that was the Rainbow Springs attraction, and Rainbow Springs State Park was officially opened in 1995.


The RIVERBOAT is numbered 1172, which places it in 1966.  The RIVERBOAT mold, dating back to 1966, is not  believed to have been placed in operation since 1974 when the Rainbow Springs attraction closed.


Here's a bit of a mystery though that I was unable to uncover - maybe someone else can shed some light on this:  The moldset that Mold-A-Rama had made indicates that the name of the ship is "MARY B."  Was there a second paddle boat at Rainbow Springs circa 1966 named the MARY B.?  Or does this name refer to the "RAINBOW QUEEN" RIVERBOAT pictured at the top of this webpage.  There IS some difference in look between the "RAINBOW QUEEN" shown in the 1972 press photo and the 1966 Mold-A-Rama moldset.  I dunno!   

If you have any information about a "MARY B." paddle boat at Rainbow Springs in the mid-1960s, or if there ever was another paddle boat other than the "Rainbow Queen" at Rainbow Springs - please email me at MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com if you have any information about the MARY P.!


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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