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
WATER SKI GIRL
c1968 Cypress Gardens, FL
The WATER SKI GIRL was first used (and ONLY used) at Cypress Gardens in Kissimmee Gardens. Cypress Gardens opened in 1936 as a botanical garden, but over the years became one of the biggest attractions in Florida. It became known as the "Water Ski Capital of the World" because it was the site of many water ski landmark first and over 50 world records. A string of Esther Williams moview and TV specials were filmed there in the 1950s and 60s.
The movie above was taken at Cypress Gardens in 1968.
This comes from a June 1965 “Mold-A-Rama Price List” from
Vendors Supply Corp. The WATER SKI GIRL
is a custom, or “special moldset” made for the Cypress Gardens location per
their specification. Note that the
pricing for a special moldset was $500 when the Mold-A-Rama Price List was
printed in June 1965, but apparently rose to $750 soon afterwards. Also, a plastic model of the desired custom
mold was provided to the customer for approval.
You could also exchange your moldset for a $20 fee, or buy another
outright for $100.
MOLD-A-MATIC machines at Cypress Gardens during the 50c era (c1970s).
A "later-model" plexi backglass for the MOLD-A-MATIC machines from late 1990s to 2000 at Cypress Gardens.
This is a vintage WATER SKI GIRL from Cypress Gardens.
Cypress Gardens as we knew it closed in April 2003. It briefly reopened in late 2004 as Cypress Gardens Adventure Park, but filed Chapter 11 in 2006, and continued to struggle until it closed for good in 2009.
In October 2011, Legoland Florida opened on the site of the former Cypress Gardens.
The WATER SKI GIRL moldset is an un-numbered Mold-A-Rama era moldset, placing it's first use at Cypress Gardens probably around 1968, though it could have been as early as 1967 and as late as 1970. There is only one moldset of the WATER SKI GIRL - and this is it!
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.