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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama Week 18:


 

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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

FLYING REINDEER

1962



The flying REINDEER makes a perfect Christmas tree ornament!  It is one of a handful of earliest mold designs introduced by Mold-A-Rama in the early days of 1962.



The flying REINDEER was vended at THE CHILDREN's WONDERLAND from the early 1960s through the 1970s.  Also, it was run in the 1990s at the LOWRY PARK ZOO.


But one of the VERY first locations where the flying REINDEER was run, if not THE first location where it was run, was at the TOMMY BARTLETT INTERNATIONAL DEER RANCH at Silver Springs, Florida.  Original figures from that location were inscribed, simply, "DEER RANCH".



"Santa's South Pole" at TOMMY BARTLETT's DEER RANCH


That's Tommy Bartlett himself, a former Hollywood broadcaster-turned-deer-ranch-owner (then also of Wisconsin Dells thrill show and Robot World fame), feeding his deer in 1958.  The Deer Ranch shared a parking lot with Silver Springs in Florida.  Guests could ride the "sleigh" (shown third photo above) from one entrance to the other.  The land for the Deer Ranch was rented from Silver Springs - in later years there was a lawsuit between Bartlett and Silver Springs over his lease.  Eventually the Deer Ranch would close, the land would be absorbed into the Silver Springs attraction, and Bartlett left to concentrate on his Wisconsin Dells business.  Today all that remains of the Tommy Bartlett International Deer Ranch is the entrance building, which is now the gift shop and entrance to Silver Springs' World of Bears and Jeep Safari.


Desmond, a graduate of Animal Behavior, is the world's only duck which plays the bass drum.  His antics amuse visitors, young and old alike, at Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch located at Florida's Famed Silver Springs.


Ouija gives the answers as to what the future holds for the visitors to Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch at Florida's Famed Silver Springs.


Delmar, trained by Keller Breland, walks onto the stage, turns on the juke box and tap dances for the pleasure of visitors to Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch, located at Florida's famed Silver Springs.


Tommy Bartlett's Deer Ranch Bottle Feeding Babies Scene Nursery Picture, FL



Note the "Bambi Buffet" Deer Feed vending machine in the background for 5c.  (This photo from 1971)



Not related to the flying REINDEER, but timely for the season - these are original J.H. Miller nativity animals made around 1957 on J.H. Miller's own prototype of the Mold-A-Rama machine (J.H. Miller was the inventor of the Mold-A-Rama machine.)  These demonstrate how fantastic the MOLD figures from these machines can look when they are painted - even when painted in bulk on a manufacturing line.  It also shows why Mold-A-Rama also sold paint kits, and encouraged people to paint the figures with "YOU CAN COLOR THEM TOO."  Below is an example of a painted MOLD from a Mold-A-Rama, Inc. machine.



 


The flying REINDEER moldset is among the very earliest that Mold-A-Rama made - so early that it PRE-dates the numbering system.  The flying REINDEER, along with the flying ANGEL (which also pre-dates the numbering system), were both made by Mold-A-Rama, Inc. for its very first Christmas season in 1962.


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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