MOLD-A-RAMA (moldarama) 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
GATORLAND, Orlando, FL
The RATTLESNAKE was made in the early 1990s for GATORLAND Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando, Florida. It was founded by Owen Godwin in 1949, and as one of the oldest parks of its kind in the state of Florida is still privately owned by his family today. While primarily known as being the "Alligator capital of the world", Gatorland offers several shows and exhibits giving guests a chance to see reptiles, birds, and such.
On the morning of November 6, 2006, a three-alarm fire broke out at Gatorland, apparently started when a heating pad in one of the displays in the gift shop shorted out (per wikipedia). The gift shop was completely destroyed. The gift shop and main officies were rebuilt and reopened in May 2008 as a two-story concrete block building, incorporating the repainted historic concrete alligator's mouth.
This photo shows a Gatorland Theme Park employee handling a rattlesnake. (Photo by Tim Williams, State Archives of Florida)
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake at Gatorland
Gatorland added a zip line ride in the summer of 2011.
This is a somewhat 'vintage' RATTLESNAKE engraved from GATORLAND circa turn of the latest century. All current Club-A-Rama members will get the RATTLESNAKE with its latest engraving: "METRO ZOO".
The RATTLESNAKE moldset was made in the early 1990s. It is UNnumbered because it was made long after the Mold-A-Rama, Inc. era of the 1960s when they serial-numbered most of their moldsets. While it was initially used at Gatorland, the RATTLESNAKE moldset was also run at Central Florida Zoo, and most recently at Miami Metro Zoo.
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.