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Website last updated:  06-14-2017

Club-A-Rama Week 19:


 

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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

Alweg MONORAIL

                           1962 SEATTLE World's Fair (aka Century 21 Exposition)



Mold-A-Rama's machine was introduced to the world in 1962 at the Seattle Century 21 World's Fair, and the Alweg MONORAIL is one of the six very first molds vended by it there - and the third of those six included so far in the Club-A-Rama (HOTEI, SPACE NEEDLE, and Alweg MONORAIL so far)



 These 50 year old vintage photos are courtesy of Gorilla's Don't Blog.





 

The film footage this week is cut from a 23 minute home movie I own of a family's trip to the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair.  The soundtrack to go along with it is a couple of hits that were at the top of the charts 50 years ago on March 24, 1962, when the Alweg MONORAIL first opened for service.


That was then, this is now . . .



I rode the Monorail a couple months ago when I was in Seattle.  I think the price for the one mile ride has increased a bit since its opening 50 years ago, but still well worth it!





The original engraving on the front reads: "SEATTLE WORLDS FAIR 1962", and on the reverse reads: "CENTURY 21 EXPOSITION".



The Alweg MONORAIL from the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair is yet another one-of-a-kind, only-one-ever-made, historic mold used by MOLDVILLE.com to reissue this week's souvenir figure for the Club-A-Rama!  The Alweg MONORAIL appears to be a milled mold (not cast) and exhibits an early mating design that was soon changed for production moldsets.  


Each half of these extremely early milled moldsets are made of a solid block of aluminum, and cooled from the back with a back plate that has a "U" shaped cooling path drilled through it. (See the entrance and exit tapped holes at the top of each back plate?)  Needless to say, this minimal cooling design is not nearly as efficient as later designs that run chilled water directly through each hollowed cast mold half.



1903 Seattle              Sluicing at 2nd Ave and Denny Way.

As a special treat this week, another hobby of mine besides the MOLDVILLE machine is to collect very old, interesting photo albums.  One of the albums I've collected over the years includes several hundred photos of 1903 Seattle.  These two photos (above and left) show the sluicing done in 1903 to regrade the land that the PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER, the Alweg MONORAIL, the SPACE NEEDLE, and several Mold-A-Rama machines) all sit on today.


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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If YOU would like to own this very moldset (and perhaps even include a fully operating MOLDVILLE machine to go with it) so you can reissue your own souvenirs from 50 years ago, please email MoldvilleMachine@gmail.com TODAY - before someone else beats you to it!



 


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