MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago. MOLD-A-RAMA machine made in 1964 by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for New York World's Fair, and Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is restored to its original glory to reissue souvenirs last seen half a century ago.
Experience the souvenir fun of the 60s & 70s again, for the first time...
(MOLDVILLE is not affiliated with Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Chicago, IL nor with the 1960s company Mold-A-Rama, Inc. of Los Angeles, original operator of the "Disneyland Toy Factory.")
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
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Project GEMINI was conducted between projects MERCURY and APOLLO, with flights occurring in 1965 and 1966. The GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE sat atop a TITAN II rocket - originally developed as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), but was modified as a launcher for the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE. While the earlier MERCURY SPACE CAPSULE (see Club-A-Rama v1.0, week 25) seated a single astronaut, the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE was configured to hold two astronauts. The GEMINI 2 spacecraft was re-flown on an Air Force Titan-IIIC rocket in 1966 (which date corresponds to the creation of the moldset for the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE.) Experience gained during project GEMINI proved critical to the success of the APOLLO lunar landing program of 1967-1972.
This is a vintage GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE engraved "KENNEDY SPACE CENTER" across two sides of the base, and "GEMINI" across a third side.
Operation of MOLD-A-RAMA machines continued at the JOHN F KENNEDY SPACE CENTER under operation by MOLD-A-MATIC (Eldin Irwin's company). This is an original plexi backglass used in the MOLD-A-RAMA machines by MOLD-A-MATIC in the 1970s-80s. (MOLDVILLE.com owns this original plexi backglass.)
There is one and only one GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE moldset in existence, and it is numbered 1166, which places it in 1966. The original engraving was to "KENNEDY SPACE CENTER", so it is believed that the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER was the initial location for operation of the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE moldset. This being the one-and-only moldset of the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE, the "KENNEDY SPACE CENTER" engraving was removed from this very moldset by the operator for placement in the PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER around 2008.
There was (and still is) a ROCKET PARK behind the HALL OF SCIENCE at the site of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair that includes a GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE atop a Titan II rocket, and I have been tempted to belive that this might be the original use of the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE moldset (given the many, many other moldsets that originated at the New York World's Fair.) But my numbering system, which has guided me accurately so far, dates the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE moldset to 1966, which would be after the fair ended. I wanted to mention it on the chance that someone out there in the Internetland has information that the GEMINI SPACE CAPSULE was in fact vended at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. My best guess is that it was not - that it was first vended at the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER in Florida in 1966.
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.