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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 16:


 

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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

SAILBOAT

Capt. Starn's Seafood Restaurant

1963 Atlantic City, NJ




CAPTAIN STARN'S Restaurant, on the inlet, was one of Atlantic City's finest seafood restaurants for almost 40 years.  Captain Starn's Restaurant was opened by Captain Clarent Starn in 1940, with seating for 750.  It was located off the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the Inlet section of town, and was one of the most famous restaurants on the entire East Coast.  As noted in a 2005 article in Atlantic City Weekly by Jim Waltzer, "When Capt. Starn's Restaurant and Boating Center was in its prime, the attraction was indeed more than just cuisine.  A fleet of sailboats and motorboats provided sightseeing excursions round the island.  A seaplane took the courageous on thrill rides, ending its run with a nerve-wracking dive into the ocean.  Starn's may have offered a four-star stuffed flounder and broiled Alaskan crab, but it was the atmosphere that kept the place packed."  Captain Starn's featured an in-house fish market, and had a fleet of 13 vessels, which included double decker excursion boats and the sailboat show to the right - and depicted in this week's reissued mold from MOLDVILLE.com!






A popular pasttime at Captain Starn's was to buy the seal chum for 15c and feed the seals and sea lions in the pen by the restaurant. 




It was quite common to take home a photo of your dining experience at Capt. Starn's Restaurant.



Paul Revere and the Raiders (whose hit song "Indian Nation" is used in this week's video clip) dining at Captain Starn's Restaurant in the 1960s.  Maybe they dropped a quarter in the Mold-A-Rama machine and took home a Capt. Starn's SAILBOAT mold?!  (By the way, they are still on tour today!)


Does the sailboat passing in the background behind the DIVING HORSE on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, (Reissued by MOLDVILLE in Week 14) look familiar?!



 

 



The Capt. STARN'S SAILBOAT moldset was designed and made in 1963.


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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