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.

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Website last updated:  04-18-2016

Club-A-Rama v2.0

WEEK 21


 

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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

BULL

MONTANA PAVILION

1965 New York World's Fair


The BULL moldset is a sweet one as it hasn't been in operation most likely since the year it was made: 1965, which was the second year of the New York World's Fair.  The BULL even still has its original engraving on the base: " MONTANA STATE PAVILION"!


This is one of my favorite photos from the New York World's Fair, dated August 1965, courtesy of Bill Cotter, not only because it shows a buffalo at the MONTANA PAVILION, but because of what the little boy and girl are holding:


 


In 1961 the Montana Territorial Centennial Commission was created as a special department of the Montana state government for "the sole purpose of providing a dignified, significant celebration during the full year of 1964 commemorating creation of the territory as well as honoring 75 years of statehood by and for the people of Montana."  An appropriation of $200,000 was approved for the state-wide celebration. In addition, a campaign to raise funds from private sources was also instigated and a quota system established that requested each county to donate "a nickel per capita" (i.e., five cents for each resident.)


Several major events were organized for the centennial year: The Montana Centennial Band and a float entitled "Big Sky Country" were entered in the 1964 Tournament of Roses Parade in California to kick off the year-long celebration. A major theatrical production entitled "The Montana Story" was produced and promoted by the Rogers Company of Ohio and booked to play in cities around the state.  A Centennial Music Committee was formed to organize a music festival around the state, hold a production of the Indian opera "Poia," and assemble programs of original music about Montana written by Montanans.



A 30-car Montana Centennial Train, equipped with four exhibit cars, traveled through Montana in February 1964, and then in the spring journeyed to New York City where it was on display in the Montana Pavilion of the 1964 New York World's Fair.



A contest was held to crown Miss Montana Centennial (which was won by Ms. Bonnie Jo Hunt, a "three-eights Sioux" from Great Falls, Montana, who went on to become an accomplished opera singer, and author.)

 


A Governor's Centennial Ball was held in Helena on May 26 in conjunction with a re-enactment of President Abraham Lincoln's signing the Organic Act of 1864 which created Montana Territory. In addition to events, the Commission also designed and promoted a number of commemorative products for the centennial. These included firearms (Colt .45 and .22), decals, a cookbook, plates, napkins, and placemats, coins and medallions, and an official centennial publication entitled Montana, Big Sky Country which was edited by Michael Kennedy. The Commission was also sucessful in having a commemorative U.S. postage stamp honoring western artist Charles M. Russell produced.


The celebration for 1965, which was the seventy-fifth anniversary of Montana's statehood, was much smaller than the territorial centennial festivities. The Montana exhibit continued for the second year (1965) of the New York World's Fair, and it is in this context of the SECOND year of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair that this week's reissued souvenir was made for use on a Mold-A-Rama machine - obviously somewhere at the Montana Pavilion!




(Photo above courtesy BILL COTTER and his fantastic website:  worldsfairphotos.com)

Wonder what happened to the Montana Pavilion after the end of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair?  Our seminal authority on the New York World's Fair, Bill Cotter, found out!  As he reported at The World's Fair Community blog, a good portion of the Montana Pavilion, and the Centennial Train, was taken back to Montana!  Just a year ago Bill received a note from someone who knew specifically what had happened to the Pavilion:

My wife’s grandfather (on her father’s side) actually purchased the Montana Pavilion after the fair ended and tore it down (which is quite a story in and of itself). He shipped the lumber up to the Adirondacks via train (another interesting story), and over the course of several years, built a family lake house on Indian Lake with the help of his brother and brother’s in law….they built the entire thing by hand.

So the next time you are in Montana, please look for a lake house on Indian Lake that looks an awful lot like the Montana Pavilion!


The BULL moldset is numbered 1150, which groups it together with the large Disney moldsets (1151, 1154 and 1155) that were made for the SECOND year of the NY World's Fair.  As told to us by our friendly Mold-A-Rama employee who worked at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, the larger group of Disney moldsets were ordered to replace a few of the smaller Disney moldsets that apparently didn't meet full expectations of Disney.


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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